Iterend is a new blog search engine (still in private beta) that hopes to steal Technorati’s lunch money, but first they have to beat Google’s Blog Search to the punch. In this showdown, we’ll perform a search test on all three services and compare the results. Checkout the screencast as well.
Technorati has been king of the hill for a long time when it comes to blog search but as happens with all monarchies, they’ve grown complacent and stopped innovating which has opened the door for other potential heirs to the throne.Enter iterend and Google Blog Search which recently hit the streets. The initial reviews of Google’s foray into the blog search arena has been mostly positive.
Before checking the results of the showdown, here’s a little bit about iterend which presents a busy home page with a flood of recent phrases as tags along with the top stories in the past twenty four hours. At the top of the page is their search bar which you can adjust to search for a different time frame such as the last hour, last week, anytime, etc. Here are some other features of note.
- All articles are linked to structured wikipedia information, which makes it possible to search by categories.
- Search results are clustered and you can search on sentence level, post level or blog level.
- Next to the search results, relevant phrases and categories are displayed, so you are able to restrict your search or get an overview over the information you are looking for.
- You can search for related posts to a given topic, url or cluster
The Test Results
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As you’ll see in the screencast, the old dog Technorati still seemed to provide the best and fastest results when searching for the same exact keywords. We used a post from Mashable for this video just to show how different the search results were for all three search engines. In most cases, Technorati provided the most recent blog posts.
While Google’s Blog Search impressed with its sheer extensiveness, Technorati seemed to include far less unseemly characters in its search results. Both Google Blog Search and Iterend appeared to include far more spammers, sploggers and other things you usually find hiding under a rock. Over all, Technorati is still the top dog for blog search while Google’s Blog Search and Iterend are worthy challengers that will surely improve with time.