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Apr 3
Rubel Bombing vs. MySpace
Aaron Brazell from the tech and politics blog, Technosailor, is guest blogging over at one of ThePublishingSpot's favorite blogs, ProBloggerTurns out he generated a flurry of comments when he wrote this post:

"[I]t all began over on my blog with an entry observing that
Technorati had begun indexing MySpace blogs. 

I was
Rubel-bombed which brought another breed of commenters to this topic. My argument was that by Technorati indexing MySpace blogs, the quality of Technorati results would be diminished. One commenter responded that the Internet is not for elitists.  As a matter of fact, when content production is at play, the Internet IS for elitists."

I gotta disagree with that.  Even though I like playing in the ProBlogger sandbox, I'm not an elitist. I've had some of my biggest visitor surges when MySpace and LiveJournal users noticed my Neil Diamond story.  With MySpace, you can zoom in on any possible audience you might want for your "content production"--from crazy genre-bending writers to 13-year-old girls--and if they like you, they will spread the word better than any Rubel-bomb. 

They aren't polluting Technorati, they are making the community-locating potential of Technorati stronger. It's like the playful CopyBlogger snickered about elitism in the comments: "Why not create a new site and call it “The cafeteria table with the coolest kids?” :)" 

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So if you're not an elitist, you want your blog to do poorly?

Hey Aaron,

Thanks for the visit, that was one of the most thought provoking posts I read in awhile. Better minds than me have weighed in on this great conversation that you created...

Just to clarify, I don't want my blog to do poorly!

But I do want MySpace users who love Neil Diamond, Paul Auster, or my other favorite writers to read my site! Putting them in the Technorati mix makes it easier for me to find them and them to find me.

I want my blog to be read by many different kinds of people, not just people who read Steve Rubel. That's why I disagree with an "elitist" view that wants to exclude who can be logged by Technorati.

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