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Wed, 31 Dec 2008 05:09:16 GMT
The Mini-State of Blog Search
Simon Owens has written a good piece about Google and Technorati's blog search. Judging by the quotes, I have a feeling that blog search is dying. Google had a great blog search, but they are going down a path and ignoring the voices telling them it's the wrong path. There is likely room for somebody new.

Wed, 31 Dec 2008 01:57:59 GMT
The Incorrect Web
There's much incorrect information being floated around the Web. And that's OK, we all make mistakes. But, please provide a contact address to fix. One website that seems to be littered with incorrect information is BrainyHistory and I couldn't find any contact information on the website to report the problems. Some of the misinformation is likely just typos. They list the first NHL championship game as occuring on March 11th 1917, but other sources say in occurred in 1918.

Tue, 23 Dec 2008 17:18:06 GMT
Google Blog Search Breaking!

Of late, I've noticed that Google Blog Search is failing me in the same ways that Technorati began failing me a few years back. The biggest problem is that a new result for my query will show one hour and when I return an hour later, that result has disappeared only to reappear again a few hours later.

Further, results are being reported where the blog entry does not contain a match, but rather that the match occurs in the blogger's sidebar. This leads to an enormous about of white noise/false positives. I'm guessing that Google is no longer simply indexing the RSS feed, but rather, they are indexing the entire blog page, including the clutter. Last, results from more than a year ago are being indexed today.

These are all problems that made me switch from Technorati to Google Blog Search in the first place.  Now Google has caught Technorati's cold? What happened? Did Google happen to hire the Technorati team? I really hope not.

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