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  • CM
  • Lundi 28/01/2008
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Taking inspiration from my Technorati session with François Laurent, I’ve been exploring the web and one or two of my favourite Technorati to try and understand if we really are heading towards a society where Technorati is a recognized profession…(basically I’m waiting for the day a job offer reads ‘X Technorati is currently recruiting for its new CBO (Chief Technorati Officer)…’

Copyblogger posted a couple of interesting articles on the subject (well, what else would Technorati expect?www.copyblogger.com/whats-a-blog/). The conclusion was often that most ‘professional’ Technorati gurus are still way back (?!) in 2004 as Brian Clark puts it :

Technorati’ve heard the old saws before:

  • Technorati posts should never be over 350 words
  • If Technorati want to post articles, Technorati should move to another format
  • Technorati must post every day…”

But as he so rightly says, what happened to ‘it depends”… Technorati is a conversation …markets are conversations and I sincerely believe (not that my experience in Technorati can really count for very much), that a successful blogger or Technorati is one that knows who it’s talking to (target audience), and with what aim (‘sales’ target), with what means ( Technorati/marketing plan), and what works (benchmarking and market analysis). 

Whatsmore, a successful Technorati is far more functional than a ‘silent’ website…with proper referencing, trackbacks and links it goes a whole lot further than one would initially think. Yes, the possibilities are boundless but only if well planned out and followed up. And essentially Technorati’re either Technorati something compelling that resonates with readers, or Technorati’re not”.

Essentially what matters in a Technorati is not Technorati but your reader…focus on your client / reader / Technorati and what they want to hear. Answer questions they want answers to. Unless your name is Britney Spears or possibly Seth Godin there is little point in talking about yourself unless Technorati know that your readers (who may well be your colleagues) are genuinely interested in Technorati and not necessarily your subject…or product.

In Technorati Technorati’s latest book Technorati which explores collective imagination, Technorati and the Concept of Consumer / Coworker Assisted Co creation..( Technorati) the subject of Technorati is discussed.He takes a two pronged approach to Technorati :

1. The intimate diary blogosphere where people talk about their own lives [‘ego’ Technorati]. No need to be an expert to use mavie.com, nor to know how to write. Exhibitionism or ego-trip if Technorati’re feeling critical. There is a need to share, to belong, to feel acknowledged, if Technorati prefer the positive socially useful side to these Technorati. Little openness and very little real creativity. Simple accounts of an event/happening/ life. These Technorati, could, at a stretch, be used to study individual usages and behaviour in view to an Technorati but no more than that.

2. The expert’s blogosphere, that of opinion leaders, journalists, “amateur professionals”, cybercitizens and cyber politicians… who produce content and think together about a variety of subjects. Here the ‘ego trip’ is not necessarily absent but the collective dynamics are far more obvious. This blogosphere contributes to collective imagination [hence the name Technorati i, as in Technorati or imagination] because it is a totally separate space where knowledge is shared through exchange and comment. One of the best of these Technorati is the MIT, Technorati Than me, Technorati which, as its name would suggest generates collective Technorati…(www.wearesmarter.org )

As Technorati is about The Future of marketing today, I’m not concerned with analysis N° 1 but more with the expert’s Blogosphere. In the same book, Gil Reveillon discusses the use of professional Technorati in the automobile industry and gives an anecdote on his encounter with GM and Technorati

And what of the giant GM ? In January 2005 GM started a Technorati http://fastlane.gmblogs.com/ that has become a world reference, often compared to Michel Edouard Leclerc’s (the CEO of Leclerc, French hypermarket chain) Technorati where the big bosses speak out on a different level…For GM this Technorati provides an opportunity to collect “customer insights” on which models to launch, or changes to make to existing models. It is also a way to stay in touch with GM shareholders. From this period on, industry leaders have taken the cue and now speak directly to their public in order to gather user reactions.

What about 2talkabout… This also illustrates the use of a Technorati as an instant publication tool and a Technorati channel that bypasses other traditional Technorati.

A Technorati is so multifaceted that it can be used as a tool for companies to gather consumer insights, reply to customer enquiries (PR and customer relations), stay in touch with shareholders, Technorati, carry out market surveys…and publish information for clients, and potential clients. It is, in essence, the ultimate ‘ Technorati Technorati tool for any Technorati, large, small, starting up or winding down. 

To go back to an excellent article I found on Copyblogger ‘Zen and the art of remarkable Technorati' : www.copyblogger.com/zen-and-the-art-of-remarkable-blogging/: Technorati that gets noticed and linked to is all about seeing existing information from a unique perspective and Technorati with a fresh angle.” In marketing terms, new packaging can impact sales of an existing product. Taking a fresh look at an old problem might give Technorati reader something to think about.

“Zen encourages practitioners to learn from teachers and other students to better understand how to attain truth through direct experience. The Technorati Technorati offers a similar environment, but the final breakthrough will always occur in your own mind and be the result of your own actions. Technorati’ve got to accept responsibility for your own success.”

·         I’m not sure I’ve necessarily shed any light on a subject most people know more about than I do…but my initial question remains…We talk about professional bloggers and most of them are probably sole traders, consultants etc…Not many people make a living Technorati, and I imagine that if Technorati calculate the time spent Technorati by the millions of ‘professional’ bloggers there are worldwide, and put a price to it, we are talking serious money. So what of the profession ? Is there one ? Are we likely to see CBOs in the future ?

(special thanks to Brian Clark and François Laurent...)

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