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Technorati CEO unveils Google's blog search

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September 15, 2005

Technorati CEO unveils Google's blog search

Stephen Baker

After a full day of interviews in Silicon Valley (and no blogging), I drove up to San Francisco, where I sat across the desk from Technorati CEO Dave Sifry. Towards the end of our talk, I asked him a simple question: "When is Google going to buy you?"

"You didn't see that Google released its blog search today?" he asked.

Gulp. Hadn't seen it. So I moved over to Sifry's side of the desk, and he led me through Google search. Funny moment, maybe a little like watching Netscape's Marc Andreessen a decade ago taking a test drive on Internet Explorer.

Sifry, a serial entrepreneur, is philosophic about the entrance of the search giant into the field that Technorati leads. Everyone knew they were coming, he says. And companies that develop valuable services for the blog and RSS world will be rewarded, either as standalone companies or takeover targets.

What did he think of the Google engine? He liked the simple design and the speed, but noted that it processed only feeds, and that many of them were fragments. Still, if the service has shortcomings, Google has the wherewithal to address them.

Sifry praises Google for engineering a service that handles the skyrocketing growth of information with barely a hiccup. Technorati, by contrast, struggled this summer with scaling issues. The biggest problem: the company neglected to add servers to handle traffic that was growing monthly by 40%. Sifry and his team have to ace those logistics, especially now that Google's in their market.

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I am using Blink Bits to figure out Google blog search [GBS] Here's the URI

I got plenty of information in, well in a blink.

A great time saver. Don't waste time.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at September 16, 2005 09:12 AM

In a mail to the FeedMesh group, Google Blog Search developer, Alex Khesin announced that Google is "planning to bring up a Google [FeedMesh] node before too long." He says that Google "are great believers in the [FeedMesh]concept."

Given the many blog search and infrastructure companies that currently are in the FeedMesh (Yahoo!, PubSub, Blogdigger, ping-o-matic, pingoat, etc.) we will soon achieve our goal of ensuring that all blog search and discovery services have substantially the same data available to them. In the future, companies in this space will be able to compete based on the quality of the services they provide -- not just on how much data they may have.

This is excellent news for the blogosphere. We've managed to create an environment in which otherwise competitors cooperate to provide improved service to users at the same time that they focus and define the methods by which they will compete. FeedMesh should become a Harvard Business School case study on "co-opetition!

Alex's email can be found at:

bob wyman

Posted by: Bob Wyman at September 16, 2005 11:27 AM

Put the other person out of business, that business. Take all the customers you can and make them your customers. I'm sure Google has people sitting around the Googleplex discussing how they can be in coopetition with Microsoft and everybody can play nice. Hey Eric, should we send Bill thank you notes so he will like us since we are all in this together? Yes, and send him a list of our clients so we can all share business together. While you are at it, make sure Yahoo gets that other client list from China, since we are all going into China with our billions of dollars to help them find the next big thing.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at September 16, 2005 02:00 PM

Google Zeitgeist 05: Featuring Press & Bloggers But No Blogging Or Coverage Allowed.

Maybe Chinese intel ops will be providing the security at the Googleplex. Free lunch provided?

What a bunch of screwballs!

Posted by: Jim Demitt at September 18, 2005 10:00 AM

I use the rss feeds to help assist me on gambling at sportsbook. I get the news faster than normal which is key for me to succeed in sports betting.

Posted by: Jack Thomas at September 19, 2005 11:08 PM

Does anyone use rsss feeds for scores and odds that might replace sportsbook news?

Posted by: jack edwards at September 19, 2005 11:10 PM

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