In response to "The Technorati prism vs reality":
Technorati is a joke - a complete fucking waste of time.
As a source of statistics it is meaningless, inconsistent within their its own presentation, and takes forever to catch up with reality - sometimes months.
As a search engine it sucks. Google's blogsearch is way, way better at finding relevant blogs and articles.
And then Technorati have the gall to present Alexa stats on blogs, too, as if Alexa's stats were any better.
This has all been covered before. Ad nauseam.
Frankly, I'm not sure why we all keep using this piece of crap. Perhaps its time to build something that actually works!