Derek Powazek over at Technorati just introduced Technorati Favorites, a way for you to track your favorite bloggers. Basically, it’s a “river of news” RSS reader, at least from first glance. I haven’t had too much of a chance to delve into it too deeply, but I can’t imagine a power user finding this thing useful — especially since Technorait is at LEAST five hours behind on getting new posts in there. I added Tara’s HorsePigCow as my first favorite, and the latest post showing up is from five hours ago, when in reality Tara has updated at 6:38pm according to my copy of FeedDemon.
I love Technorati dearly. For bloggers, it represents a place where you can set goals for your own traffic, see who is talking about and linking to you, find new writing inspiration in the form of hot topics, and a place to gaze longingly at the Top 100 Blogs and envision yourself being there someday. But Technorati Favorites doesn’t seem to serve much of a purpose, especially given that bloggers are a smart bunch and are probably already using a dedicated RSS reader to track their favorite blogs. Or perhaps I’m wrong, and there’s some cool technology at work here with a dynamic new way of looking at things. I’m just not seeing it, if there is.