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May 02, 2006

Sphere search engine looks promising

Stephen Baker

I'm sitting in a hotel lobby in Miami, mathematicians buzzing around me, and trying out the new Sphere search engine. It looks promising, and fairly fast. TechCrunch has a thorough review. My favorite feature is the custom day search. You can monitor history with it.

UPDATE: Somehow I published the post twice. I've fixed that. An hour and 20 minutes after posting, I check Sphere to see where it shows up in the results. It appears in the results organized by time, but not in relevance. TechCrunch, Micropersuasion and others are all viewed as highly relevant--but not mine. Why is that? Maybe the Sphere engine saw my duplicate post and figured I was less than serious. But the engine is also engineered to take longer posts more seriously, CEO Tony Conrad has told me. So... By adding this paragraph, do I rise in the relevance rankings? I'll keep an eye out.

09:00 AM

I searched for blogspotting. The top result was

http://critic.typepad.com/planetsab/2006/04/helping_the_new.html

The blog said, "I lived in New Jersey for a year, in the township of Montclair, which got mentionened in a recent Blogspotting Podcast , but have always favored the Rangers. So in a valiant effort to jinx the Devils I have decided to leave my NJ coffee mug in the closet." Try blogging about coffee mugs Steve.

Scrolling down I found blogspotting

http://www.sphere.com/search?q=blogspotting&lang=en&datedrop=7&allfrom=8061223

Here's the URI to this post

http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/blogspotting/archives/2006/05/sphere_search_e.html?campaign_id=rss_blog_blogspotting

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at May 3, 2006 06:41 AM

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Posted by: Jim Dermitt at May 3, 2006 06:42 AM

It is a really cool site, but at the same time, I don't think its database is yet big enough for it to be worth all that much as a serious search tool. Give it time though and I think it will start giving the other blog search sites a real run for their money.

Posted by: China Law Blog at May 3, 2006 08:46 AM


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