Trackbacks vs. Technorati?
Kip Esquire points [link to http://kipesquire.powerblogs.com/posts/1113873541.shtml no longer works] to WILLisms, who wants to “Save the trackback.”
I think I’m running about 10-to-1 spam trackbacks to real ones. It’s clearly because I talk about nothing but poker and viagra.
I have to say, I love getting real trackbacks. I like it when people take what I’ve said and expand on it. I hate getting semi-trackbacks, where a poster sort-of refers to what I’ve said, doesn’t link to me, and throws in a trackback. I hate, hate, hate, spam trackbacks. MT’s interface for dealing with them, frankly, stinks. It stinks even with MT Blacklist. I accidentally delete real trackbacks all the time because of how stinky it is. It should show more of the post. It should go through the last 15 minutes of trackbacks and say “Do you want this one, too?”
So all that said, what WILLisms doesn’t cover is “Are trackbacks better for blog readers than Technorati?” Is it better to have a trackback mechanism, or rely on search engines? Search engines are harder for me to fix. If someone throws in a fake link, or a link that only shows up when the search spider arrives, I can’t easily fix that. Is that sufficient to make trackback spam worthwhile?
PS: I’ve added Technorati links to all my posts.
[Update: Michael Froomkin asks a very similar question in “is it time to kill trackbacks“]