After various sources pointed out that Chinese actress/director/blogger/celeb extraordinaire Xu Jinglei’s mega-popular blog flew completely underneath the radar of blog search engines and ranking sites such as Technorati, the folks over at Technorati made some changes, and now Xu’s blog has displaced Boing Boing as its top ranking blog. Keso, a tech blogger quoted in the Danwei post on this subject, had this to say:
We say that the central concept of Web 2.0 is the centrality of the user. A blog is an individual’s online identity; it’s neither an independent domain name nor an independent URL. But when Sina’s blog developers planned its system, they thought not of the users but rather of what was convenient for development. For example, I can search for all returning links to my blog, which includes not only my home page but any individual post as well. But for Sina blogs, you can only search for links to your blog’s home page.
What I want to say is that even if Xu Jinglei’s blog has claimed the top spot on the Technorati 100, compared with the leading advantages of Boing Boing, it in fact should be much, much higher than Technorati’s figures. The vast majority of actual links have been swallowed by Sina’s selfish blog system – these links all point to the non-existent blog blog.sina.com.cn/u, or to Sina’s blog home page.
For those of you don’t know who the hell Xu Jinglei is, you might want to read this or this (in Chinese). If you want to buy anything relating to her, including the movies that she’s acted in, directed, and the books she’s written (there’s only one, which is mostly transcriptions of her blog), you can do this search on Joyo.
Photo from Baidu.