Arun Stephens

Blogger and Google. And my search for a photo sharing site.

So, I created this blog yesterday. Already if you search for “arun blog le” in Google it comes up with this site. Google must have very tightly integrated Blogger with their indexing. I have added a keywords meta tag to try and get a search for Arun Stephens to yield the blog as a result. At the moment my main web site (with less content than this one) comes up trumps, which is fine (preferable, even) but it would be good if this could come up too. I haven’t actually written my full name on any of the pages (until now) so there’s no reason that it would have come up in the search results anyway.

Yesterday I was reading, mostly in Wikipedia, about photo sharing sites. I had tried Flickr once before and didn’t really like it. I think it was because it was too difficult to get the photos in the right order (the order I took them, rather than the order in which I uploaded them). Maybe it has changed by now, or maybe I was just stupid. In any case, it should have been easier. I learnt about Zooomr yesterday. I checked it out, but it turns out they are currently upgrading to Zooomr Mark III, and the site’s been down for a couple of days. They’ve run into some problems during the upgrade but I am eager to check it out. I think that it’s probably not going to be the best time to create a new account with all the old account people checking out the new features but I will persevere – when it’s ready.

I also did a search for myself in Technorati today. I’m already there. It’s very strange. It’s a lot different to 11 years ago, when I created my first home page on GeoCities. (I just had a check back through old emails to see whether I had the old address to put here for prosperity but I don’t. I probably do have the first site somewhere on DVD, CD or floppy. That will be weird to look at.) Anyway, back in 1996 I had to manually submit my site to all the search engines (Excite and Lycos were the big ones back then) and wait a few weeks for the site to be included in the index. Now it’s almost instantaneous.

So now to test the speed of Technorati. Blogger automatically pings weblogs.com. I’m not entirely sure what weblogs.com does with it but I guess other sites can get a list of recently updated blogs from them, and that “other sites” could conceivably include Technorati.

Thats all for now.