Google Blogsearch is Blah

While Google Blogsearch is fine, after spending some time with it I’m not all that excited. It feels perfunctory and me-too, the second consecutive Google launch to be that way, almost as if with this product and Google Talk the search company is just checking boxes on some Board of Directors commitment sheet.

Why do I say that? Well, for starters it missed a lot. A recency-based feed of “kedrosky or ‘infectious greed’” doesn’t return many of the hits that Technorati does, with the most recent result way back in early September. Blogsearch does marginally better on link-based searching than does Technorati, but not significantly different overall.

But the main thing that I’m noticing more and more is how dated Google’s search is feeling. Where are better search operators, like “near” and so on? While continues to beta all sorts of things, one of the things it apparently has no interest in beta-ing is improvement to its own core search tool. Could this eventually turn into the search company’s blind spot? It’s hard not to wonder.

[Update] As an aside, Barry Ritholtz fairly violently disagrees with me on this assessment.


  1. Paul, do any of the search engines have a “near” command?

  2. Most of the traditional for-pay databases, like Lexis-Nexis, have the operator, and it’s very useful. It’s helpful to be able to look for X no more than, say, 5 words from Y. Altavista used to have the feature, but my understanding is that’s no longer supported.

  3. As I did with Technorati, I plugged my URL into Google Blog Search.
    Here’s what I get for you: link:
    Results 1 – 50 of 260 linking to (0.17 seconds)
    On the other hand, technorati took minutes to find
    186 sites link to: Infectious Greed.
    Thats a 39.7% outperformance by Google on day one — in terms of results. The speed difference is incalcuable . . .
    Can we call that an order of magnitude improvement ?