Google Blog Search

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Google Blogs

Google Blog Search is a specialized service of Google which is used to search blogs.[1] The Blog Search became "the first major search engine to offer full-blown blog and feed search capabilities".[2] It was released in 2005. The bots seem to be faster than the standard Googlebot, because updates to blogs often become available within hours instead of weeks taken by Googlebot default. The Blog Search searches are done identically to the Google Search by typing your search terms in the search field and seeing the most relevant results related to the topic. The Blog Search looks at various services in the world of blogs like Blogger, Live Journal, Weblog, etc.

Critical response[edit]

The following aspects of the Google Blog Search service have been met with praise: its ability to index new posts quickly, the option to sort results both "by date" and "by relevance", and the "Advanced search" options which allows for more specific searches.[3] The "Frequently-Asked Questions list" is seen as covering the basics quite well.[4] On the other hand, the "related blogs" service has been criticized due to it omitting some of the more prominent niche blogs from searches, including defunct blogs, and spam blogs. Filtering spam has been cited as a challenge for the technology, as there have been cases of spam posts appearing in the blogs and posts that the technology locates and identifies.[5] In a review by Duncan Riley of the Blog Herald, the service was critiqued based on different criteria: search (which was given a "B"), numbers (which was given a "C-"), and size (which was given a "D"). Although the version tested was a beta test, the reviewer was disappointed as "you’d expect something really good from Google". He compared the usefulness of the technology to "Technorati", except "with half as many results but without the error messages".[6] In other reviews, the service's speed has been commented on in a favourable light, one such review describing it as "freaking fast".[7]

Deprecation[edit]

On May 26, 2011, Google announced that Google Blog Search API would be deprecated, along with several other APIs.[8] As per the deprecation policy, Google Blog Search will be shut down on May 26, 2014.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Google Blog Search". Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Google Launches Industrial Strength Blog Search". Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Google Blog Search – First Look Review". Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ Schultz, Deborah (September 14, 2005). "Google launches Blog Search". Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Google Blog Search – First Look Review". Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Google Blog Search reviewed". Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Google's new blog search makes a great first impression". Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Spring cleaning for some of our APIs". Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Blog Search API Terms of Service". Retrieved January 24, 2012. 

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