BlogCatalog Launches Social Media Search Engine

Filed as News on October 8, 2008 6:22 am

Look out Technorati and Google Blog Search. BlogCatalog is gaining on you.

BlogCatalog.com has just announced the launch of a new “total aggregation search engine” that helps you find anything on their blog directory and social network as well as on more than 20 other social media websites.

For instance, you can select “All Results” above the search box and search for blog herald to get a section-by-section list of BlogCatalog members, BlogCatalog discussions, other slice-and-dice results from BlogCatalog, and (perhaps most interestingly) results from StumbleUpon, Delicious, Twitter and many other popular social bookmarking or social networking sites.

For any aggregate search, the URL is:

http://www.blogcatalog.com/topic/your+search+terms/

With the added search features, BlogCatalog now boasts a blog directory and search engine similar in many ways to that of Technorati and a social search aspect similar to that of FriendFeed.

BlogCatalog has over 100,000 bloggers and more than 150,000 blogs in its directory, which combats spam by manually evaluating each blog submission on several criteria.

The site also hosts a growing member discussion area, a politics channel, widgets and tools to help bloggers improve their blogs and connect with other bloggers.

One thing I really like about the BlogCatalog social search is that you can subscribe to a feed for any search query and thus get new results delivered to your RSS reader as they become available. (Example: Barack Obama social search / search feed for Barack Obama.)

Thoughts for improvement

  1. Emphasize the social search aspect visually so that users more easily grasp what it does.
  2. Provide a more detailed time-related context to search results so people know how long ago each social event happened or a blog post was published, etc. Right now you can see what happened today, yesterday and so on, but I’d love to ba able to limit searches to the last, say, 24 hours.
  3. Enable users to limit searches to high-authority blogs or social media power users only.

I can’t wait to play with the new BlogCatalog search and see how its quality compares to that of other blog and social media search engines.

Have you tried the new BlogCatalog search engine? How do you think it compares to Google Blog Search or Technorati? Do you think it’s a game-changer or a dud? How would you improve it?

Disclaimer: I am currently helping the BlogCatalog team as a consultant.

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  1. By Teena in Toronto posted on October 8, 2008 at 8:17 am
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    Wow! There are so many to keep track of now.

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  2. By Easton Ellsworth posted on October 8, 2008 at 8:21 am
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    No kidding! :) What others are there? Maybe we can make a list here of the best blog and social media search engines and tools.

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  3. By windows7 posted on October 8, 2008 at 10:54 am
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    OK, With the added search features, BlogCatalog now boasts a blog directory and search engine similar in many?

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  4. By Jonathan Werve posted on October 8, 2008 at 1:48 pm
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    Umm, maybe not quite ready for prime time. A search for “Global Integrity Commons” our blog, nets a long stream of not relevant results, mostly about Creative Commons. Our blog’s name is a pretty unique string, but the engine doesn’t appear to allow “search terms with spaces intact”. Sort of an issue.

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  5. By Tony Berkman posted on October 8, 2008 at 2:16 pm
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    Jonathan, great blog. We don’t show you as having submitted Global Integrity Commons to BlogCatalog. To keep the quality of the blogs in the BlogCatalog index, we go through an approval process for each one that is submitted. Please submit and email me at tony (*at) blogcatalog.com and I’ll have yours approved.

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  6. By Easton Ellsworth posted on October 8, 2008 at 3:14 pm
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    Jonathan and Tony, thanks for joining us here. That’s a great point that Jonathan makes. Hopefully BlogCatalog can hone its results semantically or thematically somehow so as to separate similar sounding listings in cases like that of Jonathan’s blog.

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  7. By Tony Berkman posted on October 9, 2008 at 9:51 pm
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    Those are valuable suggestions. We will incorporate and improve the results based on them.

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  8. By IBP4SEO posted on April 20, 2009 at 5:28 pm
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    Hi,

    This Blogcatalog is very useful for the concern to make conversation for any ideas to make up the function automatically.

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  9. By Jessica posted on September 16, 2009 at 9:11 pm
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    BlogCatalog has done a great job of not only building apps but building a community on there and being response to what the community wants. Truly a marriage of users and managers working together.
    Cheers,
    Jessica

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