Saturday, June 06, 2009

On peer nominations in popularity contests

On May 5, 2009, AlwaysOn released the following:

AlwaysOn, the insider's network covering the business of innovation, today announced its AlwaysOn East 100 Top Private Companies List. In order to be considered, private companies had to be nominated by their peers and demonstrate leadership in areas such as innovation, market potential, customer adoption, media buzz and investor value creation. AlwaysOn received hundreds of nominations from venture investors, investment bankers and other industry experts.

The AlwaysOn East Top 100 Private Companies will be honored at a reception at AlwaysOn's Venture Summit East from May 20-22, 2009 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston. Attended by leading institutional investors, venture capitalists, investment bankers, research analysts and corporate buyers, Venture Summit East is a three-day gathering that highlights the significant economic, political, and technology trends impacting the global growth investor. The goal of Venture Summit East is to match growth-company buyers and sellers and identify the most promising innovation-driven, growth investment opportunities. Venture Summit East will also play host to CEO Showcases from quali-fied companies seeking later-stage capital or potential acquirers.

GreenFuel Technologies was on the list. GreenFuel closed shop on 13 May 2009, after showing many earlier troubling signs, apparently unnoticed by the folks at AlwaysOn. See
Greenfuel: IP for sale
. Note also a 3 June 2009 press release: Reportlinker Adds Liquid Biofuels: the Global Market, mentioning GreenFuel AFTER GreenFuel had closed shop.

Separately, but on the subject of popular analysis -->

From IPWatchDog on May 25:

As promised I am moving forward with the Top Patent Blogs. Originally the plan was for there to be 25, but I decided to make the list more inclusive so you will see that there are more than 25 blogs mentioned on each list. I was also going to base Phase 1 on Technorati, but Technorati has refused to cooperate. The plan was to use Technorati data from a few different days in order to try and smooth out any biases and wild swings in the data that many observe. Over the past three weeks when attempting to visit Technorati I would constantly get a message about the Technorati Monster being loose, whatever that means. It seems as if Technorati technology just cannot keep up with traffic, making the site of questionable reliability. I gave it another chance on Memorial Day, and was able to find authority for many of the blogs for which I could find Alexa rankings, so I will combine these scores to come up with the quasi-objective component of the scoring, knowing that neither Technorati nor Alexa are perfect. At least it is some information.

There are some blogs that are missing from the lists simply because I could not get an Alexa ranking for the blog due to the fact that the blog is hosted on LiveJournal or Typepad, for example. It didn’t seem fair to attribute an Alexa ranking of 90 simply becasue there is no way to independently rank the thousands of blogs hosted on those sites. Likewise, Technorati didn’t cooperate as much as I would have liked either, but I think it is safe to say that the major blogs have been captured on these lists. The only exception may be Just a Patent Examiner, which I will still add to the voting despite not having a ranking.

From the 271Blog on May 29:

Gene Quinn over at IP Watchdog is ranking the top patent/IP blogs. Feel free to pop over and let Gene know (1) your favorite patent/IP blog, and (2) other patent/IP blogs you read. Voting will continue through the end of June 2009, where the results will be tabulated and reported sometime at the beginning of July 2009.

What is technorati authority? From Technorati:

On Fri. May 4th, 2007 we updated to include the Technorati Authority for blogs listed on the Blog page and in search results. This update changed the earlier references of "N blogs link here" and "X links from Y blogs" with the single Technorati Authority number. On the blog page, we also show the Technorati Rank.

Technorati Authority is the number of blogs linking to a website in the last six months. The higher the number, the more Technorati Authority the blog has.

It is important to note that we measure the number of blogs, rather than the number of links. So, if a blog links to your blog many times, it still only count as +1 toward your authority. Of course, new links mean the +1 will last another 180 days.

Technorati Rank is calculated based on how far you are from the top. The blog with the hightest Technorati Authority is the #1 ranked blog. The smaller your Technorati Rank, the closer you are to the top.

Since at the lower end of the scale many blogs will have the same Technorati Authority, they will share the same Technorati Rank.

The Technorati Top 100 shows the most popular 100 blogs based on Technorati Authority. The #1 ranked blog is the blog with the most other distinct blogs linking to it in the last 6 months. If your blog's rank is, say 305,316, this indicates that there are 305,315 blog ranks separating your blog from the #1 position.

The best way to increase your Technorati Authority is to write things that are interesting to other bloggers so they'll link to you.

Technorati ranking (June 6)-->

Ghicago IP Litigation: Rank: 174,253 (authority 32)
This blog wrote in February 09: IPWatchdog Gene Quinn recently published his list of the top 26 patent blogs, based upon Technorati rankings (Quinn only considered blogs in the top 1M of the Technorati rankings) -- click here to read Quinn's post. Quinn manually determined which blogs counted as patent blogs, and did nice work. Although I would add the IP ADR Blog to the list. While I do not place much weight in blog rangings, the list identified a few new blogs that I plan to follow, and it is gratifying to see that the Chicago IP Litigation Blog has a strong reader base in the patent world.

IPBiz: Rank: 218,233 (authority 26)

[IPBiz is not included in the IPWatchDog voting.]

Voting for the Most Popular Patent Blogs


In passing, there are a number of ways to measure the impact of a blog. As noted above, Technorati merely counts the number of blogs linking to a given blog within the last six month period. That says nothing about demand for content or the quality of the content. The ranking is NOT about "reader base" but is a form of citation analysis, somewhat like Science Citation (ISI). BlawgSearch performs a different analysis, and in that analysis IPBiz comes out fairly well (see for example

Blawg ranking by blawgsearch


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