Activity has been high with Blog Search these last few days. So much, that rather then writing about the three new blog searches and updates from other blog search engines in seperate posts, I’m going to make one talking briefly about each. We’ve got news from Ask.com, Bloglines, Gnoos, and Technorati, all relating to blog search.

Ask.com and Bloglines Blog Search

First, the story that is causing the most buzz is Ask.com launching their new Blogs & Feeds Search as well as the launch of blog searching in their popular feed reader, Bloglines. TechCrunch has got the scoop on both launches and overall seems impressed, although you can’t say the same for Steve Rubel who’s not impressed with the new search functionality. The two use the same engine to produce results, although each remain in their own interface and each having some extra functionality relating to the audience (ie: Bloglines Search has subscription options and special filters).

Ask.com/Bloglines Search works differently compared to other services, such as Google Blog Search with its crawlers and Technorati with ping and authority. Instead, it relies on Bloglines subscribers to tell Ask.com what the quality content is. They use the data returned from Bloglines users consuming the feed information to build a relevant index. On top of the Bloglines data, Ask.com also uses its ExpertRank technology which is an algorithm that provides relevant search results by identifying the most authoritative sites on the web. I recommend listening to a podcast on the subject over at PodTech who last night had an interview with Ask.com covering the new Blogs & Feeds Search.

Gnoos for Australian Blog Search

Gnoos is a new blog search created by the Australian startup, Feedcorp, that works things a bit differently making it stand out from the blog search crowd. It’s aim isn’t quite the same as its focus is on Australian blog content. What makes this so interesting is that Gnoos is the only blog search that works by geographical location, in this case in Australia. Furthermore, it’s made to be not only a local engine, but a global engine meaning that it isn’t to track only Australian blogs, but also focus on content that is from bloggers with a global voice. Founder, Ben Barren, states, “Our core criteria is to list blogs by people based in Australia. The blog has to be current and active and based here, but we don’t want to exclude bloggers with a global voice” (The Age).

Although Gnoos isn’t as feature packed as Technorati yet, it’s still got a powerful engine and so early in developement. It has a beautiful interface, designed by Mike Rundle, and has features that I’ve yet to see on any other blog search. It doesn’t appear to have any sorting options yet, although returns blog posts sorted by date and allows you to view global results or australian results. You’ll also see some unique features at Gnoos providing searches the ability to tag, comment, and even vote for any search result. If enough searchers use these features, Gnoos will build up a nice database of meta information specific to blog posts. Maybe one of the sorting options they have planned will be to view results based on most votes and discussion. It’ll be exciting to see what Gnoos has coming. According to Barren in a ZDNet review, Gnoos is only at 15% of what they have planned for developement, so it sounds like they’ve got a good ways to go!

Technorati releases Microformats Search and Pingerati

Technorati, as usual, has been busy cooking something up for its users and has last night launched first Microformats Search. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, Microformats are structured formats that sites can use to publish contact information, reviews, events, and more. Technorati is a big supporter of Microformats and has created functionality for us to search blogs and other sites for contact information, reviews, and events. If your site uses Microformats and you’re getting pinged by Technorati, your site along with your structured data in Microformats is already being indexed. If not, you may also use their new service, Pingerati, which allows any site owner to send a ping to Technorati to index your microcontent.

I think this is excellent and it opens up a new world of search. With Technorati’s Microformats Search, I can search for events covering Web 2.0, people can search my name and come across my ClaimID Profile (which uses Microformats), and even search for reviews about an iPod I have been wanting. Maybe I should start writing my reviews in Microformats so they would be indexed as reviews rather then just a blog posts. Great work, Technorati. It’s nice to see some innovative developments such as this.


7 Comments on “Blog Search Buzz”

  1. Kevin Marks says:

    Glad you like the new services. You got the name a bit wrong though – it’s pingerati, not pingnorati, though your version sounds good too.

  2. Brian Benzinger says:

    Oops. Thanks for catching that, Kevin. Changed!

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  5. RaymonWazerri says:

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  6. BarneyGrimes says:

    Interesting Post.
    I’d never heard that before.

    Barney

  7. JoeyBurns says:

    Wow, there is some really nice info here.
    I’ll definitely come back soon to see everything.
    Way to go! ;-)

    Joey