Google blog search; hiatus

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I just wanted to point out that Google just released a blog search tool (in beta); presumably this will compete somewhat with Technorati. I haven't tried it yet and will be interested in people's impressions.

And on an unrelated note, in case you haven't noticed, I've been on somewhat of a blog hiatus recently. This is likely to continue for a while longer as my research projects are requiring a lot of time lately. It's nice in this respect being just a sub-blogger here: I don't have to worry that everyone will quit reading the blog just because I'm not writing anything.

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My first impression is that it might be more comprehensive than technorati. Google says "The goal of Blog Search is to include every blog that publishes a site feed (either RSS or Atom", and "If your blog publishes a site feed in any format and automatically pings an updating service (such as Weblogs.com), we should be able to find and list it."

I am not quite sure how technorati gets updated. I usually have to ping it manually to have things show up there in a timely manner. I always find things in blogs that I don't see in technorati.

Google's crawlers should be able to find me without me having to wave flags, and since my blog tool (Blogger) pings weblogs for me, I don't need to do that either.

I suspect Google might be able to find more blogs this way than technorati.

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