Technorati is offering a preview of its new microformats search tags and Pingerati, its new microformats router — still simmering in trial-mode in the Technorati Kitchen. Microformats search expands with three new tags for contacts (hCard), events (hCalendar) and reviews (hReviews), providing automatic data updates from any type of site (previously limited to blogs) to ping search aggregators. Pingerati then provides a channel to translate human-directed announcements into microformat-ready html. Together the new microformat rypes and Pigerati help avoid redoubling efforts to create content for computers and humans, eliminates manual pings, and broadens the richness of search in microformat standards.
Tantek Çelik, Chief Technologist Technorati who has helped pinoneer in the microformat standard, writes, “Microformats are the key building block, the lingua franca, that make structured information open and sharable on the Web… For me personally, this has meant enabling millions of people to take control of their own data, publish and update it wherever they want, whenever they want, and move it freely among services, without having it locked up behind a walled garden or trapped in a ‘roach motel’.”