Tonight Google will announce (well, the embargo is tonight at 9 pm PST) that it is launching blog search, in two flavors, one for blogger.com, and another as a beta at google.com/blogsearch (not yet up, but will be soon…).
I spoke with Google about this, more soon, wanted to get this up in a timely manner…(too timely…as the service has yet to be pushed live….)
Update: I gotta hit the hay, as I have like ten hours of radio interviews starting at the ungodly hour of 4 AM, but so far the service is still not live, but Google’s FAQ is, at least. As Dave Sifry of Technorati can attest, blog search ain’t easy!
Also, the FAQ claims the URL will be blogsearch.google.com, not the other way around as I was told earlier…
Update 2: It’s live now, and garnering a lot of attention. A good post on it here at the Six Apart blog (thanks Anil).
13 thoughts on “Google To Launch Blog Search”
Ah, so this is the news that you were holding from us at the book signing! It was a pleasure meeting you in person. Best of luck with the book promotion!
What took so long?
Interesting. Joseph and I were convinced that they were going to announce a larger index size to upset Yahoo!’s 20 billion claim.
I guess the embargo is off but the sites aren’t live yet. Looks like we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to check it out 🙂
Though from a utilitarian perspective and a ‘blogger’ myself, I suppose I should be very excited about this move.
But instead, I’m unhappy about what I perceive to be a rather slippery slope… moving more towards filtering by structure rather than message.
What next, a tab for wikis? Forums? Vlogs? The balkanization of content by ‘medium’ is not a good thing, as I expound upon in my blog entry here:
Both blogsearch.google.com and google.com/blogsearch will work (as well as search.blogger.com for the Blogger-integrated UI).
And those links should work now 🙂
Long time coming in my opinion. Sifry and Cuban led the blog search revolution and now a giant follows.
Nice of you to fit this post in considering the hectic schedule.
What’s up with Blogger.com? It doesn’t work on Firefox!
Why should it worry some bloggers like Adam. In my opinion if your reader is a human (and that is what it should be) and not a search engine spider, it shouldn’t matter. And readers are much smarter than search engine spiders. Just look at the popularity of Technorati. We all love Google but when it comes to searching blogs, we go someplace else. Very soon even an average reader will learn to do the same.
Chris Locke writes about “Indigo Children,” a meme reported on by the New York Times. The Indigo idea sounds like it pushes a whole bunch of buttons all at once — New Age, angels, the paranormal, child-worship, ADD. If it had some anti-child-porn hysteria about it, it’d be perfect. As one of the people in the NYT article says, this is basically the same social world view as Harry Potter’s muggles v. wizards set up.
Anyway, it is a great example of what Chris has been talking about over at Mystic Bourgeoisie, America’s Toughest to Spell weblog
hey, i was at a party, and needed to wind down a bit 😉 gimme a break. of course, here i am UP again at 9:40 so i don’t know. i would love to sleep. any suggestions?
Arrrrgh….now I remember why they HAD to come up with more interesting video games…..boring.
judi – look at the watch, stare at the watch while it swings slowly before you. Listen only to the sound of my voice. You are getting sleepy, very sleepy
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