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September 20, 2005

Still waiting for Bloglines search

Stephen Baker

Back in the spring, Bloglines CEO Mark Fletcher promised to launch a world-class blog search by summer. He elaborated on what's needed in July. Tomorrow is the first day of autumn, and we're still waiting.

To be fair, blog search is a thorny puzzle, and if Bloglines pulls it off as promised, few will care that it arrived a month or two late. But if Bloglines' parent, AskJeeves, is going to make a serious run at Google and Yahoo, it will need top quality blog search.

In a comment to my post asking for advice on blog search, Steve Rubel notes that many of the search engines only explore summaries of posts, not the complete text. Blogspotting, he says, is one of the blogs that syndicates only blog summaries. To test this out, I'm going to summarize this post badly below, and see which engines find the post--and which are misled by the summary. I'll make it very obscure, so that few blogsurfers click on false bait.

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We have gone from all sorts of listing schemes to these new testing gimmicks in no time. It's like we have gone from the Jetsons to the Flinstones in a few weeks and all we have now are a bunch of yaba daba doo people blogging about what they can't find using services they aren't paying for online.

Send Bloglines your money so you can find out what you didn't know that you didn't need to know. Make a list when you are done and then make a search tag so every other yaba daba doo can debate it for the rest of time. Be certain to make sure you make it podcastable so you look in the groove.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at September 20, 2005 12:35 PM

I'm definitely looking forward to better blog search engines, and if bloglines has one coming, I'm ready for it. I've been dismayed by the poor quality of most of the search engines, and even on the first page, I've found just some of the most bizarre topics. I mean if I'm searching on home improvement keywords, how can I only get three suggestions that have anything to do with those keywords? They better put the pedal to the metal on this though since I believe I heard that Google had a blog search engine coming soon.

Posted by: James at September 20, 2005 03:22 PM

A hardcore engineer neighbor of mine and I were discussing this on Sunday. His beef/confusion was why Bloglines hadn't yet launched a search function, as it is a natural extension of the service, and would make it easier for people to search what they might have read, but didn't bookmark.

The fact is that it can't be much worse than what is out there right now.

Posted by: Jeremy Pepper at September 20, 2005 08:26 PM


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