Once the mouthpiece and aggregator of the blogosphere, Technorati lost its luster long ago. And now it’s lost its API, too. The developer page promises a new API but also makes one thing clear: the old one is gone.
Developers like Yancy Lent want Technorati to know they’re waiting:
This is pretty amazing. The services has been down for just over 4 months with no new API to take its place. It’s almost as if it was abandon. This is a real shame, not even an update.
Bloggers used to dutifully add Technorati tags to posts. When your rank changed, it was worth a blog post, even to say you didn’t care. Thousands of bloggers included a widget in their sidebar that used Technorati’s API to say how much the blog was worth.
Technorati founder David Sifry left in 2007. Now his personal blog features a Technorati widget that returns a 404:
With its future unclear (or, perhaps, painfully clear), we’ve marked our Technorati API profile as ‘deadpool’.