There has been a lot of unhappiness with Technorati's speed and service recently, so what better time for Google to weigh in with a blogosphere specfic search site? That's right, a brand new (in beta, of course) Google engine ... Blog Search!
Which blogs are included in Blog Search?A quick test on Technorati's number one search right now, "Impeach Bush" and Blog Search returns 3,073 posts, while Technorati returns 2,848 posts. Interesting: I wonder which blogs Google knows about that Technorati doesn't? I'm sure others will get to a much more substantial testing, but for now things look pretty good.
The goal of Blog Search is to include every blog that publishes a site feed (either RSS or Atom). It is not restricted to Blogger blogs, or blogs from any other service.
How do I get my blog listed?
If your blog publishes a site feed in any format and automatically pings an updating service (such as Weblogs.com), we should be able to find and list it. Also, we will soon be providing a form that you can use to manually add your blog to our index, in case we haven't picked it up automatically. Stay tuned for more information on this.
Why aren't my oldest posts listed?
Since Blog Search indexes blogs by their site feeds, it will only include items that have been posted since it started indexing a given blog. For most blogs, that will be around June 2005, or the time at which you submitted your blog
All I really wanted was my Technorati Watchlist to load every time I click it. It still doesn't (about three quarters of the time I get a screen telling me Technorati is too busy), so Blog Search seems the answer (again from their FAQ):
Can I subscribe to search results?And even RSS support, not just ATOM, so even Dave Winer should be happy! (Update: Okay, so Dave's not quite happy yet!)[Via Goldtoe]
Yes. At the bottom of each page of search results you can find several links, offering the top 10 or 100 results as either Atom or RSS feeds. Just grab the links from here and subscribe to them in the news aggregator of your choice and you will get updates whenever new posts are made that match your query.
Update: Microsoft blogspokesperson Scoble seems rather taken with Blog Search, although not everyone's happy.
Update 2: And Technorati welcomes Google to the blogosphere searchengine game with a bit of a back-handed compliment:
The blogosphere is abuzz with Google's launch of their Blog Search. So far things look pretty interesting, and having a big traditional search player like Google working on blog search is a validation moment for the entire blogosphere.While that's a little "we still got the best stuff" from Technorati, there is a lot of specialist stuff that Google's Blog Search doesn't do ... yet. Personally, I would find a tag search function useful (although tags appear to be searched as text so far). Speaking of which, when is Blogger going to have internal support for tags and categories?!?
This will mark a major milestone for the World Live Web. At Technorati, we have a tremendous amount of respect for the Google team and for everything they've done in the world of search. I'm sure that they'll continue to improve over the coming months, perhaps including tags, recent images and links, zeitgeists, blogger tools, and other types of semistructured data. I'm sure that they'll also start indexing the full-text of blog posts, not just the partial text found in most blog feeds.
I welcome the competition. We've got some tricks up our sleeves too - and there's no doubt that in the end, the competition will end up producing more innovation and better services for bloggers and readers.
Update 3: Blogger Buzz notes a few sizable bugs with re-directs and Blog Search ignoring non-search (no robots) requests, but says they're being fixed within 24 hours. Update (The Last): They're fixed.
Update 4 (Really, the Last One!): It would appear that Google's Blog Search does indeed support a tag-search function, it's just not documented. From Fritz's comment below, it appears that using the operator "tag:" will indeed initiate a tag search in BlogSearch. A few experiments to show this working: kaynewest, kayne+west; these show that one-word ("kaynewest") and joined words ("Kayne+west" or "kayne west") return different results, but also that BlogSearch is definitely tag searchable. There's another Technorati-specific edge lost!
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