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Musings on Google Blogsearch September 15, 2005

Posted by Sarah in Uncategorized.

It’s probably not news to most folks that Google now has a specific search engine for ‘blogs. It has prompted some interesting responses on the LiveJournal blog_sociology community.

A couple of other interesting things to note:

  1. Apparently a standard Google search will now not include ‘blogs. What are the implications of this for the ‘blogsophere? Why is it being separated from the rest of the web? Won’t more and more sites come to be indexed under blogsearch rather than “regular” Google? Especially given that…
  2. Google seems to be defining “‘blog” as any webpage with a site feed. First, they say

    Your results include all blogs, not just those published through Blogger; our blog index is continually updated, so you’ll always get the most accurate and up-to-date results…

    Later on, they clarify:

    The goal of Blog Search is to include every blog that publishes a site feed (either RSS or Atom). It is not restricted to Blogger blogs, or blogs from any other service. (http://www.google.com/help/about_blogsearch.html)

What’s most interesting to me, however, is the response from LJ users to the possibility of their journals being indexed. It’s captured in this post and the comments that follow it. Some people are VERY concerned that blogsearch is going to compromise LiveJournal’s security settings. Clearly, LJ users are relying quite a bit on these security features.

This of course brings me back to the question… is there an identifiable difference between LJ users and other ‘bloggers?



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