Game Over in the Blog Search Space

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 | 07:24 AM


Today, Google introduces Blog Search, thus ending a long running frustration of bloggers everywhere with Technorati.

Google reminds everyone why they are such a fabulous technology company -- more than their sparse and clean interface, their products simply work better than everyone else's -- and often by orders of magnitude.

My first try with BlogSearch revealed 613 links in 0.08 seconds, some as recent as 37 minutes old. Technorati found 510 sites in about 30 seconds. Other competitors typically lag by days and sometimes weeks.

Its game over in the blog search space.
I'm tempted to remove my Technorati bookmark. For everyone who has been frustrated with unavailable service, delayed links, and a myriad of other glitches, Google has delivered a knock out punch. 

Its also a fascinating reminder how fast and comptitive the technology space is; While Technorati (probably should) get credit for identifying the blog search space, they moved way too slow to get their product offering up to speed. I'm guessing part of the reason for that is their ties to academia -- they simply didn't move fast enough.

Meanwhile, this is yet another reminder of why Google is the most important Internet company out there (not neccessarily stock, but company).

Now you understand why Gates and Ballmer are afraid of them. They damned well should be.

Google keeps raising the bar . . .

UPDATE  September 14, 2005 4:57pm

Paul Kedrosky is less impressed than I.

Let me point out that BlogSearch for Paul's blog (Infectious Greed) reveals "260 linking to (0.06 seconds)." Technorati, on the other hand, shows 186 sites -- when its available.

So while Google shows a 20% improvement on links to the Big Picture, for Infectious Greed the Google advantage is 40%.

UPDATE II September 17, 2005 6:57am

This was picked up by Barron's

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They may be an important tech company, I wish they'd update their main search engine. It seems like it hasn't changed in the five years I've been using it. Still just simple keyword searching, with a very limited ability to sort hits or filter out irrelevant hits. Yet strangely, they don't seem to feel much urgency in improving what amounts to their core application.

Posted by: royce | Sep 14, 2005 10:36:18 AM

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