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November 10, 2009

Microsoft Resorts to Giving Free Wi-Fi in Exchange for Bing Search

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If you regularly check Techmeme tech news aggregator, you’d know that the biggest news today as it always been whenever things like this happen – is Google’s acquisition of mobile ad technology company AdMob.  But if you scroll through the Techmeme page, passing through the list of blogs covering the news, you’d see a small headline that says – “Microsoft Bing Gives WiFi Users Free Search”.

So, what was that all about? read more

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October 22, 2009

Bing and Google start to index public Twitter feed

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We’ve already reported that Microsoft’s Bing search engine had started indexing prominent Twitter users’ tweets, but now Twitter has announced official support for indexing of tweet content by both Microsoft and Google.

Microsoft has announced that it now has access to the entire public Twitter feed and have launched a beta of Bing Twitter search (US only at present). read more

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September 7, 2009

Technorati Looking for an Identity

technorati.jpgFormer blogosphere darling and Search Engine with capital S, Technorati, is looking to hire bloggers to feature original content on their site. In the midst of Twittorati and ad networks, this is a somewhat surprising move, since it means that the main Technorati site is moving even further from its search engine past.

I’d like to say that’s a shame but can’t really commit to that statement. The Technorati we once knew and actually used doesn’t fill a need anymore.

Obviously this is because of other search players in the blogosphere. It is tough enough to battle with Google, but they are joined by the likes of Twingly. All the while, Technorati haven’t been able to keep up with real time or anything, they should’ve been at the front. They must have other plans. read more

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July 16, 2009

BingTweets Marries Twitter and Bing

bingtweets.jpgI’m a bit surprised to see BingTweets, a marriage between Twitter and Microsoft’s search engine Bing, courtesy of Federated Media and Microsoft themselves. Why? This from the Bing blog:

How does partnering with Twitter make Bing a more effective decision engine? Many people share their thoughts on Twitter, and search engines don’t currently do a great job of capturing that real-time content. We designed Bing to help you make faster, more informed decisions, and, since people often turn to real-time content to help them make decisions, BingTweets was a logical next step.

Federated Media has a post up on it as well, not adding too much. I fail to be wowed by this though, it lacks the fine-tuning of projects like ExecTweets for example. This is just a ticker, some trending topics, and the option to search Bing and Twitter at the same time.

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May 28, 2009

Topsy: The Twitter Search Engine

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Topsy: Twitter Search Engine

Topsy: Twitter Search Engine

Thus far the trend we see in this “not so new” media involves building a community of sorts, allowing that community reach a critical mass, defining a way to organize that community’s information based on interest — and finally, building a business model around it.

Right now, a service called Topsy is allowing Twitter to move from the third step towards the fourth. Not that @hashtags were useless, but a search engine for any sort of information inside Twitter is something anyone can appreciate. Not only does it do hashtag and keyword searches, but it also acts like a “Twitterati” (a Technorati for Twitter) identifying Tweets that have your @username ID and how many times you were quoted by other users.

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January 8, 2009

Artiklz “Conversation Search Engine” launches beta

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Artiklz is a new search engine designed specifically to index the information, opinion and comments contained in blogs, social media and bookmarking sites.

Launched on Wednesday as a public beta, the service describes itself as a “conversational search engine”, and works by “aggregating discussions around the social media, answering the question of who, where, why, when, and what people are discussing across the social media.”

The concept appears to be to aggregate comments from various popular services and the multitude of blogs so that users can either search for what people are talking about on a particular subject, or find every comment from a particular author. read more

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December 16, 2008

Twingly Launches BlogRank, Says it is Trust

TwinglySwedish spam free blog search engine Twingly has announced the Twingly Blog Rank and Top 100. The former is a ranking system similar to Google PageRank, but for blogs, while the latter is a top 100 list for blogs, similar to Technorati. Or is it? Anton Johansson said this to me in an email this morning.

What’s the purpose of the Twingly BlogRank? Don’t you think that Technorati does a good enough job?

The purpose of Twingly BlogRank is to get a more valuable way to see if a blog has influence and importance. In many ways this is like Googles PageRank but only for blogs. Technorati is really good on what they’re doing but they have no international focus. If you’re from Sweden you want to be the no 1 in Sweden with BlogRank 10, not no 2612 international. BlogRank is based on language so the largest Swedish blogs get BlogRank 10 and the largest English blogs BlogRank 10, too. It’s quite easy to see at Twingly Top 100.

Technorati Authority is just a number that don’t say so much. Twingly BlogRank is trust.

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October 8, 2008

BlogCatalog Launches Social Media Search Engine

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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. read more

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