The much loved blog tracking service Technorati, which proudly boasts of over 6.5 million weblogs tracked has either ceased or drastically reduced its blog indexing and tracking services in recent days in tests undertaken by the Blog Herald.
Following several days of little activity in the “Link Cosmos” for the Blog Herald, despite site tracking elsewhere indicating new links inwards (including Bloglines and PubSub), tests on other blogs, including a number of high profile sites showed a similar story: no new recent links, and even then links from the last couple of days being few and far between.
At the time of writing, Dave Winer’s Scripting News indicated one link 1 day ago and then 3 links from 3 days ago. Jeremy Wright’s Ensight.org shows 1 link 1 day ago and 1 link 3 days ago. Even The Daily Kos, arguably the most widely view blog in the blogosphere, indicates one link in 1 day ago, and around 10 links 2 days ago.
In a marketplace which in which competition is growing, the apparent problems at Technorati, which has had technical issues in the past, is not a good thing for neither the company, nor the blogosphere.