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July 14, 2005

Bloglines Mark Fletcher envisions ideal blog search

Stephen Baker

With all the talk about Yahoo and Google in blog search, I called up Bloglines CEO Mark Fletcher and asked him just what ideal blog search would look like.

His ideas:

1) It would be integrated with other Web search. (People don't want to have to search twice)

2) No moving knobs to toggle between new posts and important Web pages. (The "advanced search" options on the engines today get minimal use.)

3) Posts from certain blogs, either highly trafficked or ranked by the individual user, would jump toward the top of the search results.

Fletcher, whose Bloglines provides search, says that none of the current systems, including his own, produces good results. Why was I talking to him about search? A few months ago, he vowed that Bloglines would come up with a world-class search engine by summer. He still says it's coming but won't say when. But now, at least, judging from his vision of ideal blog search, we know what to look for.

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Just checked Bloglines for persistent seach via RSS, and found that you must be logged in, then you can select "subscribe to this search," then it throws a javascript subscription into your bloglines feedreader account!

There's no unique URL for the search feed, I can't grab it and include it in a persistent search suite for clients, it's a total lock-in requiring me to use Bloglines. Which I won't do, and this is one more reason why. I prefer Newsgator. What a disappointment!

Posted by: Marshall Kirkpatrick at July 15, 2005 03:58 PM


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