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Ok, sorry about the hip title, but I couldn’t contain myself. Just a few hours ago (I think) Google released its Blog Search. Check out its FAQ page to get your questions answered, which I know there might be a few of.

Now, first things first, let’s start with its goal:

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.

Nice. I guess that is any blog search engine’s goal, let it be Technorati or FeedPlex but what I really love about the blog search is that you can’t submit your blog. This might be a double negative for others, but really, would you rather have to take the time to submit your blog, make sure everything is as it should be, etc. etc. or just have a great, working blog search engine which does all this for you?

Well, rev2.org was already indexed when I checked it out because it pings everything there is to ping on the planet, and if you want to get your blog in there, I suggest you start doing this — or you can just ping Weblogs.com which is just a good (the service indexes Weblogs.com pings).

One thing that really amazes me is the relevancy — of course it would, it’s Google! Think of it as Google News for blogs. Of course this relates to one of the other things that Google has done right with this product, RSS results. You can subscribe to feeds in both ATOM and RSS (thanks Google). Overall, it’s good but it’s a bit simple compared to other services — just like Google’s recent Google Talk. Simple is I think what Google is stretching too far these days, it needs to complexify (if thats a word) its products a bit.


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