John Battelle reports that Google are about to Launch Blog Search:
‘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….)’
He then updates that the link for the wider beta test is http://blogsearch.google.com/
This is pretty significant news.
Update: It’s up and live.
Update II: Duncan has a first impression review of the new Google Blogsearch. Like he says – the best bit about it is that that you can put search terms into an RSS feed.
On the down side – most of the searches I’ve done don’t list a lot of the blogs I’d have expected to see there and they include quite a few sites that are anything but blogs. I guess this is where most of the criticism will come from.
Update III: Unfortunately a lot of the blogs that I’ve seen it suggesting as ‘related blogs’ on certain topics either lead back to Google’s home page, are spam blogs on the blogger.com network or are very very out of date and have not been updated for months.