Google blog search

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People search blogs only (rather than all of Google) when they are looking for information more personal, up-to-the-minute and sometimes more relevant.

The BIG blog search engine is Technorati.

A number of competitors are closing the gap. Actually — all simultaneously trying to solve the problem of SPAM blogs appearing in their results.

I got interested when Google first announced a blog search engine. But it was terrible.

But I’m hearing buzz on the blogosphere that Google is improving quickly. After all, they are the best in search, you’d think they’d be the best in blog search.

Give it a try. Look for something very specific, like an unusual name or place or product.

Google Blog Search

Live.com as good as Google.com?

Scoble tells that Microsoft Search is close to Google Search in accuracy.

… I just tried a few searches and, indeed, it’s a lot better than it used to be. They’ve significantly closed the gap with Google.

… It’s also fast and the UI is nice. I think it matches Google all the way around on search. …

Now, the problem is, if Microsoft matches Google, who will switch away from Google? I won’t. The trust I’ve built since the late 1990s of searching Google many times a day without a problem is going to be a very hard thing to beat. To get me to switch Microsoft will have to be better than Google.

How about you? Does Microsoft (or Yahoo or Ask) have any hope of getting you to switch your default search engine?

Microsoft’s search a lot better than it used to be « Scobleizer – Tech Geek Blogger

I tried it on the search terms that I know best. Indeed, Live.com is getting better — though it is not nearly as good as Google overall.

The real story is how crappy the Yahoo.com results are in comparison. Do not use Yahoo for search.

Adobe Blurs Line Between PC and Web

We want everything to “work” whether we are connected to the internet or not.

Monday Adobe introduced their technology called AIR:

But most people may never know AIR is there. Applications will look and run the same whether the user is at his desk or his portable computer, and soon when using a mobile device or at an Internet kiosk. Applications will increasingly be built with routine access to all the Web’s information, and a user’s files will be accessible whether at home or traveling.

Looks to me there will be a major fight to see if this technology (based on Adobe FLASH) becomes the standard. Or one of others:

Adobe faces stiff competition from a number of big and small companies with the same idea. …

Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox Web browser, has created a system known as Prism. Sun Microsystems introduced JavaFX this year, which is also aimed at blurring the Web-desktop line. Google is testing a system called Gears, which is intended to allow some Web services to work on computers that are not connected to the Internet.

Finally, there is Microsoft. It is pushing its competitor to Flash, called Silverlight. Three years ago, Microsoft hired one of Mr. Lynch’s crucial software developers at Macromedia, Brad Becker, to help create it. Mr. Becker was a leading designer of the Flash programming language. …

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Adobe Air web page