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#1 bwelford

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 01:43 PM

In another thread I've pointed out that Google Blogsearch should really be quietly buried because it isn't doing what it says on the can. Barry S. pointed out that Ask has a new blog search function. The only link I can find is on a Ask site features page but I'm now using that to access Ask blogs.

I'm really finding it excellent. For any item found you can immediately subscribe to the RSS feed or you can post it to some of the more popular social media sites. If they would only add a button to StumbleUpon, my cup would be overflowing. :)

Try it, you'll like it.

#2 A.N.Onym

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 08:49 PM

Take a guess who's #1 suggested blog on usability :)

#3 AbleReach

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 09:10 PM

Yuri is only 25?

(and congrats!)

#4 bwelford

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 09:34 PM

I'm not surprised that Kim is at #1. I am surprised that Jakob Nielsen managed to make it to #3. :)

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 07:06 AM

You can use this link to get to Ask.com blog search: http://www.ask.com/?tool=bls

It basically is like going to Ask.com and clicking on the blog link.

#6 bwelford

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 09:42 AM

Thanks, Barry S. That's a most useful link. I don't know how I missed it. :)

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 06:48 AM

I just did a normal blog search and then cut the URL from after the ? so I went to http://www.ask.com/blogsearch and then it redirected me to the above URL....

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 09:24 PM

Ohoh, something seems amiss. I just did two searches on Ask Blog Search and both of them were filled with items on Internet gambling after the first two or three relevant entries. Since I was searching on customer service in the Internet age, I can't see the relevance. I wonder if someone has been attacking this service in some way.

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 11:05 PM

...items on Internet gambling after the first two or three relevant entries. Since I was searching on customer service in the Internet age...

ASK got it right: customer service in the internet age is a gamble :)

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:08 AM

ASK got it right: customer service in the internet age is a gamble :)

:rofl:

When I first clicked the link when this thread came up and entered a search term, quite a few of the results were clearly not blogs so I assumed it didn't work and haven't used it since. Now I wonder if the lack of blog results is related to this gambling thing..

#11 rustybrick

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:42 AM

I see some spam creep it, but compared to other engines - it seems much cleaner...

Still need more time to decide but we will see.



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