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Is 'pinging' still useful?

rpc to pingomatic/technorati

     
6:24 pm on Oct 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'm just finishing up two client sites that include blogging functionality.

Each time a new post is created or modified, the blogging software attempts to send a ping to rpc.pingomatic.com and rpc.technorati.com - this takes up to a minute to complete. Actually, I think the requests are just timing out and fail silently.

Since I can't find any relevant documentation on either of the two sites, I have disabled that functionality. As a result, the blog post updates have now become instantaneous.

Am I right in thinking that the whole ordeal of pinging servers with new posts has become obsolete?
4:02 am on Oct 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yes it's still useful. (if getting things indexed quickly is useful) Looks like the technorati address isn't the full address. And if we're talking WordPress, pingomatic is the default on all WordPress installs - and many folks never update this... and as such it's busy. Either of those things could cause delays.

[codex.wordpress.org...] has a list of other services you can ping.
4:33 am on Oct 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for that link. I've personally always used hosted blogs and never really given it a second thought :)

What I'll probably end up doing is to either run a hourly/nightly batch, or trigger an event after each post has been made.
3:09 am on Dec 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Technorati did a re-design, they no longer accept pings.
12:55 pm on Dec 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Such things should not be done while the page is updating, but asynchronously in the background. Dunno anything about the specific services involved, though.
 

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