Should Technorati Index Bulletin Boards and How

It popped into my head a few days ago that Technorati could do something very similar to their blog search engine for bulletin boards. How?

  1. Bulletin boards can provide RSS feeds of their content, on a per-forum basis. I’ve installed this functionality for phpBB and vBulletin, and there’s not that much to it.
  2. Bulletin board software usually has BBCode, or quick markup for inserting HTML into a discussion post. You then just have to add a BBCode markup item for “tags”.

For example,

[tag]{param}[/tag]

would get translated to:

Tag: <a target=_blank href="http://www.technorati.com/tags/{param}">{param}</a>

for use by Technorati (as long as the HTML is exported in the description / content chunk).

Once one set of bulletin board developers start implementing this and seeing the search benefits, you can bet the rest would cop on pretty quickly.

Of course, SIOC can also be used to express information about a bulletin board post more completely than RSS, and this tag information could form part of that.

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4 thoughts on “Should Technorati Index Bulletin Boards and How

  1. Yes, someone should make this. If found this post by Googeling “Technorati for Message Boards” (not in quotes).

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