GIVING BLOGGERS GOOGLEY EYES
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
This might be actually useful, you know. When I test Google out periodically, about 1/10th of what I write, at best ever shows up no matter what combination of words I use. Tons of stuff stays hidden despite the specificity or general use of key words. This is frustrating because often, I find people linking to my blog only via Google!
It is nice to know this information and I have struck up a conversation more than once thanks to finding people abroad. So this news will be nice, if done right: From Mac World:
Google Inc. has added to its menu of search alternatives the option to search through the ever-popular online journals called Web logs, or blogs.
The new search service, which went live on Wednesday, is in test, or beta, form, and can be accessed through a variety of Web addresses, including Google blogsearch and Blogger Search.com.
“Google is a strong believer in the self-publishing phenomenon represented by blogging, and we hope Blog Search will help our users to explore the blogging universe more effectively, and perhaps inspire many to join the revolution themselves,” a frequently-asked-questions (FAQ) page on the new service reads.
The new service doesn’t limit its searches to Google’s own Blogger service, and the index is continually updated and includes blogs written in English and other languages, including French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese, according to the FAQ.
Users can do basic searches entering keywords or they can do advanced searches in which they can specify certain parameters, such as searching within a specific blog or only blogs written in a particular language or authored by a specific person, according to the FAQ.
The Mountain View, Calif., company’s new blog search also gives users the option of subscribing via syndication feeds, such as RSS (Really Simple Syndication) or Atom, to search results. This means that if someone searches for “Hurricane Katrina,” Google’s blog search lets him add a feed in his news aggregator of choice, such as Bloglines, and be alerted whenever Google’s blog search indexes blog postings that match the query term “Hurricane Katrina.”
I will be trying out this service. It better work better than the present system (a system that stinks, by the way).
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