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John T. Unger

New Features and Updates from Authorati

John T. Unger December 1, 2006

I've been emailing back and forth with Murali Narasimhan (creator of Authorati) all morning and he's done a bunch of great work to improve the service. Murali works fast!

You'll notice, for instance, that at the bottom of each of my posts you can now click on a FeedFlare link which allows you to rate this blog at Authorati. Please give it a shot… So far, I've gotten pretty high marks and now I'd like the number of ratings to go up. Thanks in advance.

Murali posted instructions this morning on the Authorati blog that explain how to get your own FeedFlare for Authorati. FeedBurner will be adding it to their Flare catalog on the next revision but there's no need to wait if you'd like to get it now. If you jump in now, you'll have the chance to build a solid base of ratings before all the kids are doing it! It's really quite easy if you've already got FeedFlare enabled.

The Authorati website has been updated with the code I rewrote for installing the ratings widget in your sidebar, as well as some changes to the copy such as a quick bio to tell you who has created the service, etc.

Changes in the works include:

  • Putting together code so that individual blog posts are available for rating without the need for authors to regularly log in to the website to update the list of articles.
  • Updating the MyAuthorati page which displays the ratings breakdown.
  • Additions to the FAQ to describe the new features.

If you have any questions about Authorati, I'm sure that Murali will be responsive. He's quite approachable and seems to genuinely care about building a great service with input from users.

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