[still one-handing it, but i'm getting slightly more accurate and a litttle faster... maybe soon i'll tackle the shift key]
ive got lots of friends in the blogging business, and it seems not a day goes by that someone doesn;t come up with a new crazy scheme tto raise the profile of their blog so thatr their ads are worth more.
one of the most popular of these schemes is a recent one involving technorati 'favorites' exchanging. people post an entry begging people to favorite them on technorati, prmosing that they'll then reciprocate the favor.
in theory this is an interesting idea, except for the fact that it is manipulating technorati's ranking system. technorati is going to catch on to it pretty quickly, but in the meantime your blog's profile can skyrocket. except for one little thing: the ranking is done as a percentile. as you start helping to increase the rankings of all the people helping you incerease your rankings, your standing us going to actually suffer for it. you've moved up -- but so has everyone else.
so in the end you may get some new friends out of it, but really you've just wasted a bunch of time and effort -- and corrupted technorati's valuable ranking algorithm in the process. if everyone is manipulating the system, the system becomes worthlkess.
don't break good things just because you might get something out of it. internet curmudgeon out.
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