Technorati developer moves to Google Blog search

I was just over at Don Park’s blog and saw that Kevin Marks, a familiar face to those of us in the tech blogging world, has left Technorati and gone to Google to work on blog search.

Of course, this offers another opportunity to study blog search. Here’s Technorati’s search of who is linking to Kevin’s blog post about the event. Here’s Google’s blog search of same.

I wish Technorati well. I like Dave Sifry and Tantek Celik a lot. But, they have a huge technological (and marketing) challenge ahead of them. If the big company’s stuff is better than the small company’s stuff, then why do we need the small company’s stuff again? Technorati used to be the best blog search engine by a long shot, but now I’m finding I’m using Google Blog Search more and more.

UPDATE: WinExtra has a great line: “Does the A-list exist if the Technorati 100 disappears?”

Comments

  1. I’ve found Google Blog search to be joke compared to Technorati, Bloglines Citation Search, IceRocket and even Feedster. OK, that last one was a joke. :)

    The point still remains that it is probably the worst blog search engine in active development today. Luckily for them, the prominent links from other Google properties are enough to give them higher marketshare than all the other players.

  2. I’ve found Google Blog search to be joke compared to Technorati, Bloglines Citation Search, IceRocket and even Feedster. OK, that last one was a joke. :)

    The point still remains that it is probably the worst blog search engine in active development today. Luckily for them, the prominent links from other Google properties are enough to give them higher marketshare than all the other players.

  3. the only real thing keeping Technoratic alive IMO is the ranking system. *If* google or even Sphere were to come out with a blog ranking system that could replace the “popularity” of Technorati’s then they could be in serious trouble.

  4. the only real thing keeping Technoratic alive IMO is the ranking system. *If* google or even Sphere were to come out with a blog ranking system that could replace the “popularity” of Technorati’s then they could be in serious trouble.

  5. Dare: I used to agree with you, but lately I’ve found Google to be coming on strong.

    Anyway, I’m interested in your analysis of the blog search industry. What search query have you done that demonstrates how sucky Google is?

  6. Dare: I used to agree with you, but lately I’ve found Google to be coming on strong.

    Anyway, I’m interested in your analysis of the blog search industry. What search query have you done that demonstrates how sucky Google is?

  7. The fact that my post didn’t show (at the time of this comment) in Technorati search but did in Google blog search is why I use Google blog search for latest topic related blog search. Google blog crawling bots appears to rush in the moment an update ping is sent.

    Reliability is also very important. It’s annoying to see nothing or disappearing links depending on what I time I access Technorati.

    I wish the best for Dave but IMHO he must addresses these issues instead of adding difficult to explain feature like WTF.

  8. The fact that my post didn’t show (at the time of this comment) in Technorati search but did in Google blog search is why I use Google blog search for latest topic related blog search. Google blog crawling bots appears to rush in the moment an update ping is sent.

    Reliability is also very important. It’s annoying to see nothing or disappearing links depending on what I time I access Technorati.

    I wish the best for Dave but IMHO he must addresses these issues instead of adding difficult to explain feature like WTF.

  9. Robert,
    Try these queries
    1.) http://technorati.com/search/www.25hoursaday.com%2Fweblog

    Verdict: Fairly complete and fresh. Main problem is that first couple of results are blogroll hits which are ANCIENT but always seem to show up at the top of results. Also missing http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com/blog/blogView?showComments=true&entry=3348846038 at 1:18PM PST.

    2.) http://www.bloglines.com/search?q=Bcite:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.25hoursaday.com%2Fweblog&ql=en&s=f&pop=l&news=m

    Verdict: Most complete and up to date. Main complaint is that it doesn’t allow you to pivot on the results of your search like Technorati does.

    3.) http://blogs.icerocket.com/search?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.25hoursaday.com%2Fweblog

    Verdict: Almost complete, very fresh results and allows you to check the popularity of linking blogs and incoming links. Historically, this engine misses blog posts that are found by Technorati and Bloglines/

    4.) http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&scoring=d&q=link%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.25hoursaday.com%2Fweblog&btnG=Search+Blogs

    Verdict: Missing a ton of posts. Of course, if you wanna see how really pathetic this service is then drop the ‘www’ from my domain and click on http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&scoring=d&q=link%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2F25hoursaday.com%2Fweblog&btnG=Search+Blogs

    How come everyone figured out how to do the right thing except Google blog search?

  10. Robert,
    Try these queries
    1.) http://technorati.com/search/www.25hoursaday.com%2Fweblog

    Verdict: Fairly complete and fresh. Main problem is that first couple of results are blogroll hits which are ANCIENT but always seem to show up at the top of results. Also missing http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com/blog/blogView?showComments=true&entry=3348846038 at 1:18PM PST.

    2.) http://www.bloglines.com/search?q=Bcite:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.25hoursaday.com%2Fweblog&ql=en&s=f&pop=l&news=m

    Verdict: Most complete and up to date. Main complaint is that it doesn’t allow you to pivot on the results of your search like Technorati does.

    3.) http://blogs.icerocket.com/search?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.25hoursaday.com%2Fweblog

    Verdict: Almost complete, very fresh results and allows you to check the popularity of linking blogs and incoming links. Historically, this engine misses blog posts that are found by Technorati and Bloglines/

    4.) http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&scoring=d&q=link%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.25hoursaday.com%2Fweblog&btnG=Search+Blogs

    Verdict: Missing a ton of posts. Of course, if you wanna see how really pathetic this service is then drop the ‘www’ from my domain and click on http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&scoring=d&q=link%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2F25hoursaday.com%2Fweblog&btnG=Search+Blogs

    How come everyone figured out how to do the right thing except Google blog search?

  11. The killer feature that Technorati has at this point is the ability to filter by authority and see the number of inbound links to a given blog when you’re viewing search results. If someone else offers that feature, there’s really no reason I can think of to return to the vagaries and sporadically failing searches of Technorati.Todd, you’re right, and Don, you’re right, things like WTF make me wonder WTF they’re doing at Technorati to be competitive!!

  12. The killer feature that Technorati has at this point is the ability to filter by authority and see the number of inbound links to a given blog when you’re viewing search results. If someone else offers that feature, there’s really no reason I can think of to return to the vagaries and sporadically failing searches of Technorati.Todd, you’re right, and Don, you’re right, things like WTF make me wonder WTF they’re doing at Technorati to be competitive!!

  13. It’s sad that Technorati is struggling having taken the lead on blog search before now, However I would like to see them buy a site like mediarati.com and turn it into a social media in other to continue to be relevant.

  14. It’s sad that Technorati is struggling having taken the lead on blog search before now, However I would like to see them buy a site like mediarati.com and turn it into a social media in other to continue to be relevant.