Google Blog Search

Summary

Google Blogs

Google Blog Search was a specialized service of Google used to search blogs.[1] It was discontinued in May 2011. The Blog Search was "the first major search engine to offer full-blown blog and feed search capabilities".[2] It was released in 2005. The bots appeared to be faster than the standard Googlebot, because updates to blogs often become available within hours instead of weeks taken by Googlebot default. The Blog Search searches were done identically to the Google Search by typing your search terms in the search field and seeing the most relevant results related to the topic. The Blog Search looked at various services in the world of blogs like Blogger, Live Journal, and Weblog. For some time it was possible to force Google to access and search the Blogsearch database by manually formatting the URL in your browser's address bar.[3] But in March 2016, Google also took away this access.[4]

Critical response

The following aspects of the Google Blog Search service were met with praise: its ability to index new posts quickly, the option to sort results both "by date" and "by relevance", and the "Advanced search" options which allows for more specific searches.[5] The "Frequently-Asked Questions list" was seen as covering the basics quite well.[6] On the other hand, the "related blogs" service was criticized due to it omitting some of the more prominent niche blogs from searches, including defunct blogs, and spam blogs. Filtering spam was cited as a challenge for the technology, as there have been cases of spam posts appearing in the blogs and posts that the technology located and identified.[7] In a review by Duncan Riley of the Blog Herald, the service was critiqued based on different criteria: search (which was given a "B"), numbers (which was given a "C-"), and size (which was given a "D"). Although the version tested was a beta test, the reviewer was disappointed as "you’d expect something really good from Google". He compared the usefulness of the technology to Technorati, except "with half as many results but without the error messages".[8] In other reviews, the service's speed was commented on in a favourable light, one such review describing it as "freaking fast".[9]

Deprecation

On May 26, 2011, Google announced that Google Blog Search API would be deprecated, along with several other APIs.[10] As per the deprecation policy, Google Blog Search was shut down on May 26, 2011.[11]

Google Blog Search Was Still Available

As of February 9, 2017 Google's blog search was still available. Access to Google blog search required the user be on a Google search page, then to click on "News" and then click the "Tools" button. A new menu bar then appeared below the "Tools" button, and to the left. Clicking the "All news" option made a dropdown menu appear, with the options of "All news" and "Blogs". The user could then select "Blogs".[12]

By February 2021 the "Blogs" option appeared to have completely disappeared from Google's search options. However, users of Google Alerts were still able to select "blogs" as the source for a particular custom alert. [13]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Google Blog Search". Archived from the original on 2012-01-01. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  2. ^ "Google Launches Industrial Strength Blog Search". Archived from the original on 2011-12-26. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  3. ^ "Google Kills Blogsearch - But Here's How You Can Force Google to Display it". Archived from the original on 2014-08-18. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "Google Kills Blogsearch (Again) - But This Time They REALLY Mean It". Archived from the original on 2016-04-01. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "Google Blog Search – First Look Review". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  6. ^ Schultz, Deborah (September 14, 2005). "Google launches Blog Search". Archived from the original on 2011-09-11. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  7. ^ "Google Blog Search – First Look Review". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  8. ^ "Google Blog Search reviewed". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  9. ^ "Google's new blog search makes a great first impression". Archived from the original on February 21, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  10. ^ "Spring cleaning for some of our ApIs". Archived from the original on 2011-05-28. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  11. ^ "Blog Search API Terms of Service". Archived from the original on 2014-12-22. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  12. ^ "Google Blog Search Now Within Google News Search". Search Engine Land. 2014-08-29. Archived from the original on 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  13. ^ "How to Set Up Google Alerts and Go Even Further". Archived from the original on 2021-02-27. Retrieved February 27, 2021.