smarter integrated Web search
While looking for timely information in the midst of recent events, I’ve noticed two very separate domains of search tools. On the one hand, you’ve got the main search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL (I listed these b/c they refer the most traffic to my website), for the Internet of web pages. And then you’ve got blog searchers like Technorati, BlogPulse, Feedster, Bloogz, for the blogosphere. Crawlers that keep the search engines run at a slower frequency (every few days?) than the blog searchers. Many blog searchers get pinged – a great way to know when to re-update the cache.
Up and comer, IceRocket, does search both the Internet and the blogosphere. When I’d first mentioned IceRocket on my blog / website, and their staff commented + emailed me within hours. One even purportedly came from Mark Cuban himself (too bad about his TV show getting cut short). So they’re on top of things.
What I’d like to see is for IceRocket, and maybe one of the major search engines will jump on this too, to search both the Internet and the blogosphere on one window. I don’t want them on separate tabs for different parts of the Internet, I want to search multiple parts at the same time! That’s the thing about personal preferences, and while we don’t want the advanced preferences page to be a hundred checkboxes and buttons, this is one feature I’d like to see.
Anyone speculating Google or Yahoo buying out (or building) a blog search engine, one that’s crawled instantaneously, along the lines of how Technorati bills itself as the World Live Web? Or, will IceRocket become the next major search engine? (remember the old days when Alta Vista was “the” search engine?)
[update: Google didn’t do a buy-out, and has built their own in-house Google Blog Search, now in beta, but again, doesn’t (yet) allow me to search both web space and blog space at the same time]