Looks like Google has a blog search engine after all - Google Blog Search beta. The screenshot is a search on "voip blog". <click the image above for a larger view of Google Search Beta> I'm listed on the top, woohoo! I guess an acquisition of Technorati is a moot point now. Of course they could still acquire them as a defensive play.
Doesn't look like you can "ping" Google though. Can I ping you Google? Not yet? How bout now? Now? Ok, how bout now? ;)
Boy, talk about great timing! I just blogged about Google offering a blog search tool yesterday!
I should mention that Google Blog Search is also integrated with Google's Blogger service. Also, doesn't appear you need to ping Google Blog Search since Google Blog Search will automatically check blogs that syndicate posts using RSS or Atom, updating the search index when new posts are found. I doubt even Google can "watch" millions of blog's RSS feeds to quickly see when a new blog post goes online - not even Google has enough bandwidth to instantly crawl the entire blogosphere, so I'd still like them to incorporate a pinging capability to notify them of a new blog post.
It appears that search results reveal blogs relevant to a search term, and also individual but relevant posts on unrelated blogs reflecting the term. Can't wait to see what other features they add to Google Blog Search Beta!
Here's a Google Blog Search roundup courtesy of Chris Pirillo on various bloggers talking about Google's new blog search.
- My Google Blogsearch Predictions
- New Blog Search Engine from Google
- REVIEW- Google Blog Search
- The Beginning of the End for Technorati-
- Thoughts On & Poking At Google Blog Search
- Why Blog Search is Better (For Some Types of Research)
- Find out what's happening with Blog Search
- Google Blog Search
- Google Blog Search - First Impressions
- Google Blog Search - First Look Review
- Google Blog Search and new Blogger start page
- Google Blog Search beta
- Google Blog Search Disappointing
- Google Blog Search Engine
- Google Blog Search Goes Live
- Google Blog Search is out in beta and it looks like... well...
- Google blog search just launched
- Google Blog Search Launches
- Google blog search screenshot and test search results
- Google Blog Search! G Day
- Google Blog Search, Truveo & Snap Shopping
- Google blog search... of what-
- Google Blogsearch is Online...
- Google enters blog search arena
- Google Enters the Fray With Blog Search
- Google Finally Launches Blog Search
- Google Gets Around To Blog Search
- Google gives a fitting reply to Mark Cuban
- Google launches blog search
- Google Launches Blog Search - The blog search field is getting hot …
- Google launches blog search engine
- Google launches blog search tool
- Google launches Blog Search tool...
- Google Launches Blogsearch
- Google Launches Category Killer Blog Search Beta
- Google Launches Industrial Strength Blog Search
- Google launches specialized search for blogs
- Google Releasing Feed Search-
- Google Searches Blogs
- Google Searches Blogs (at Last)
- Google to launch Blog Search
- Google, Blog Search and You
- Google's Blog Search
- Google's Blog Search - Quick Thoughts
- Google's Blog Search is NOT Blog Search, Opinions
- Google's new blog search makes a great first impression
- How fickle we are... John Paczkowski says So much for Technorati.
- In which Google launches blog search...
- More playing with Google blog search