I, as well as hundreds of other bloggers, used the Truth Laid Bear as a fun and light-hearted way of having our blogs “ranked” in terms of incoming links and activities. For a while, it worked fairly well. However in recent months it obviously has fallen in a state of disrepair and it appears for all intents and purposes to have been effectively abandoned. I even wrote about it earlier this year. If someone or some group is indeed behind the scenes attempting to fix it, then they are doing a great job of hiding the effort. For example, the following notice is still on the site:
Update 3/1/08: The Ecosystem is undergoing a major expansion, with many new blogs being added to the system. That means rankings may bounce around a bit — but the new rankings will be an even more accurate representation of blogs’ popularity in the blogosphere as a whole. Put on your seatbelt and enjoy the ride! — N.Z.
With numerous support tickets remaining unanswered, the “ubercarnival” page still with a “could not open data” error message on it, and so many other bugs and fubars showing up on the site, I contend that the TTLB is effectively dead and gone. Just no one bothered to bury it by taking it offline. And it seems that no one cares anymore. Just recently…actually 3 days ago…my blog suddenly went from a “Large Mammal” classification to a “Crunchy Crustacean” classification. For a long time this blog was ranked in the 500 range then several months ago it drop to about 1050 (I forget the exact number) where it help exactly in the same ranking for months. That also indicated to me the site was dead. Now three days ago this blog plummets to 236172?!? I don’t think so. Out of curiosity, I want to see what the top ranked blogs currently were. In the past they included Michelle Malkin, Daily Kos and other mega-blogs. Now absolutely NONE of them are even in the top 100. Another sign that The Truth Laid Bear has been completely abandoned by the side of the information superhighway. Just look at what IS currently (as of this writing) listed as the top 100 blogs:
The fact is most of them are phony sites or sites that have been removed (mostly by “Blogger”). Note all the “403 forbidden”‘s listed in the top 100. More evidence of the demise of TTLB.
Face it folks, it’s over and done with The Truth Laid Bear. And I see absolutely NO evidence of it ever coming back. It’s too bad no one was able or willing to take it over. Founder Rob Neppell’s Kithbridge company and writing for The Victory Caucus site seem to be the focus of his attention (although the latest “news” on the Kithbridge site is dated March 20, 2008 which ironically was only 20 days after the initial notice of “major expansion” (see above) appeared on TTLB so I wonder if Kithbridge is still up and running. Whatever the case may be, I think it’s quite obvious that TTLB is gone never to return so whenever I finally get around to it, I’m going to remove TTLB stuff from my sidebar.
UPDATE: Either someone read this entry and word got back to TTLB or my timing was extraordinarily coincidental, but it seems someone or some group behind the scenes culled out all the phony blogs and actually got the charts working again. However the ubercarnival database still cannot be opened. And compared to two other tracking services, TTLB still has my average daily visits at 54 which is exactly where they had me the last time the charts would show up many months ago (and keep in mind, TTLB had my site flatlined at 54 for several months before that so I think that part of TTLB is still not working properly). In contrast, Sitemeter recorded 336 visits just for Monday alone and shows over the past 30 days visits of over 100 each day. Apparently whatever TTLB is using to track visits on my site is either high inaccurate or broken. So it would seem some things are being addressed while others are either not being addressed or they haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Trackposted to The Virtuous Republic, Perri Nelson’s Website, Rosemary’s Thoughts, third world county, McCain Blogs, Pirate’s Cove, The Pink Flamingo, Leaning Straight Up, Cao’s Blog, The Amboy Times, Beagle Scout, Democrat=Socialist, and Conservative Cat. Also, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.