Feedmesh. It's an agreement among blog search engines to share their information about new blogs and feeds. The idea: The battle isn't over the data, but over the services provided from it.
But in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal story about blog search engines, I read this:
Technorati, for instance, relies mostly on a mechanism called "pinging" to monitor blogs. Most bloggers maintain their journals through blog publishing services like Blogger or LiveJournal, which have features that can automatically send out a "ping" to notify search services when a user's blog has been updated. David Sifry, chief executive of Technorati, says his company gets an edge from exclusive deals in which some blog-hosting companies ping Technorati before anyone else. After receiving a heads-up, Technorati visits the blog and updates its database.
What goes? Do these exclusive deals undermine the Feedmesh scheme? Thanks for WSJ link, Eric.