Blog searching

Friday 16 September 2005

This week's announcement of Google Blog Search has caused a re-examination of how to find things in the blogosphere. Naturally, Google Blog Search is very good. But the interesting thing to me is that it doesn't have a lock on the problem the way plain-old Google seems to have on plain-old search.

Technorati was the early leader in blog search, but it experienced some growth problems. Every search seemed to be impossible due to "current load", so people gave up on it. I had given up on it. This week I tried it again, and it was snappy and responsive (maybe because everyone had given up on it?), and it showed me relevant results that Google didn't have. Technorati's Dave Sifry welcomed Google to the party with a cleverly worded post that points out all the things they don't do yet.

Another contenter is IceRocket, which also gives very good results. Interestingly, it shows relevant results that neither Technorati nor Google gave me. I'm guessing the reason for the three different sets of results is that each engine has to decide for itself what "a blog" is, and how to make that cut.

In any case, the blog search sector is very busy right now. The competition can only make things more interesting.

Comments

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andrew 8:20 AM on 16 Sep 2005

One might not want to wave a red flag in front of Google telling them the things that they don't do. They have a nasty tendency to bring features online in an insanely small amount of time, and do it right.

They scare me. But I live Gmail and Google Earth!

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mikey 10:01 AM on 16 Sep 2005

speaking of GMail, when is it coming out of beta? Has beta now become a marketing device?

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Ned Batchelder 10:16 AM on 16 Sep 2005

Speaking of Google betas, Google Groups has been in beta for years and years, no end in sight...

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mikey 3:59 PM on 16 Sep 2005

I'm glad I am the very FIRST one to bring this up. Maybe "Beta" is like a hip modifier, like "Brougham"

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