Google Blog Search

Google Blog Search was a specialized service of Google used to search blogs.[1] It was discontinued in May 2011. The Blog Search was "the first major search engine to offer full-blown blog and feed search capabilities".[2] It was released in 2005. The bots appeared to be faster than the standard Googlebot, because updates to blogs often become available within hours instead of weeks taken by Googlebot default. The Blog Search searches were done identically to the Google Search by typing your search terms in the search field and seeing the most relevant results related to the topic. The Blog Search looked at various services in the world of blogs like Blogger, Live Journal, and Weblog. For some time it was possible to force Google to access and search the Blogsearch database by manually formatting the URL in your browser's address bar.[3] But in March 2016, Google also took away this access.[4]

Google Blogs
Google Blogs

Critical response

The following aspects of the Google Blog Search service were met with praise: its ability to index new posts quickly, the option to sort results both "by date" and "by relevance", and the "Advanced search" options which allows for more specific searches.[5] The "Frequently-Asked Questions list" was seen as covering the basics quite well.[6] On the other hand, the "related blogs" service was criticized due to it omitting some of the more prominent niche blogs from searches, including defunct blogs, and spam blogs. Filtering spam was cited as a challenge for the technology, as there have been cases of spam posts appearing in the blogs and posts that the technology located and identified.[7] In a review by Duncan Riley of the Blog Herald, the service was critiqued based on different criteria: search (which was given a "B"), numbers (which was given a "C-"), and size (which was given a "D"). Although the version tested was a beta test, the reviewer was disappointed as "you’d expect something really good from Google". He compared the usefulness of the technology to "Technorati", except "with half as many results but without the error messages".[8] In other reviews, the service's speed was commented on in a favourable light, one such review describing it as "freaking fast".[9]


On May 26, 2011, Google announced that Google Blog Search API would be deprecated, along with several other APIs.[10] As per the deprecation policy, Google Blog Search was shut down on May 26, 2011.[11]

Google Blog Search Still Available

As of February 9, 2017 Google's blog search is still available. Access to Google blog search requires the user be on a Google search page, then to click on "News" and then click the "Tools" button. A new menu bar will then appear below the "Tools" button, and to the left. Click the "All news" option and a dropdown menu will appear, with the options of "All news" and "Blogs". Select "Blogs".[12]

See also


  1. ^ "Google Blog Search". Archived from the original on 2012-01-01. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  2. ^ "Google Launches Industrial Strength Blog Search". Archived from the original on 2011-12-26. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  3. ^ "Google Kills Blogsearch - But Here's How You Can Force Google to Display it". Archived from the original on 2014-08-18. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "Google Kills Blogsearch (Again) - But This Time They REALLY Mean It". Archived from the original on 2016-04-01. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "Google Blog Search – First Look Review". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  6. ^ Schultz, Deborah (September 14, 2005). "Google launches Blog Search". Archived from the original on 2011-09-11. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  7. ^ "Google Blog Search – First Look Review". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  8. ^ "Google Blog Search reviewed". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  9. ^ "Google's new blog search makes a great first impression". Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  10. ^ "Spring cleaning for some of our ApIs". Archived from the original on 2011-05-28. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  11. ^ "Blog Search API Terms of Service". Archived from the original on 2014-12-22. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  12. ^ "Google Blog Search Now Within Google News Search". Search Engine Land. 2014-08-29. Archived from the original on 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2017-02-08.

BlogPulse was a search engine and analytic system for blogs. It uses automated processes to monitor the daily activity on blogs and generates trend information. It was initially created by IntelliSeek, and was later acquired by the Nielsen Company, and currently owned by NM Incite, A Nielsen / McKinsey & Company.As of January 2012, BlogPulse is no longer available.

Google Books

Google Books (previously known as Google Book Search and Google Print and by its codename Project Ocean) is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition (OCR), and stored in its digital database. Books are provided either by publishers and authors, through the Google Books Partner Program, or by Google's library partners, through the Library Project. Additionally, Google has partnered with a number of magazine publishers to digitize their archives.The Publisher Program was first known as Google Print when it was introduced at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2004. The Google Books Library Project, which scans works in the collections of library partners and adds them to the digital inventory, was announced in December 2004.

The Google Books initiative has been hailed for its potential to offer unprecedented access to what may become the largest online body of human knowledge and promoting the democratization of knowledge.

However, it has also been criticized for potential copyright violations, and lack of editing to correct the many errors introduced into the scanned texts by the OCR process.

As of October 2015, the number of scanned book titles was over 25 million, but the scanning process has slowed down in American academic libraries. Google estimated in 2010 that there were about 130 million distinct titles in the world, and stated that it intended to scan all of them.

Google Finance

Google Finance is a website focusing on business news and financial information hosted by Google.

Google Real-Time Search

Google Real-Time Search was a feature of Google Search provided by Google in which search results also sometimes included real-time information from sources such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and news websites. The feature was introduced on December 7, 2009 and went off-line on July 2, 2011 after the deal with Twitter expired. Real-Time Search included Facebook status updates beginning on February 24, 2010. A feature similar to Real-Time Search was already available on Microsoft's Bing search engine, which showed results from Twitter and Facebook.

Google Search

Google Search, also referred to as Google Web Search or simply Google, is a web search engine developed by Google LLC. It is the most used search engine on the World Wide Web across all platforms, with 92.74% market share as of October 2018, handling more than 3.5 billion searches each day.The order of search results returned by Google is based, in part, on a priority rank system called "PageRank". Google Search also provides many different options for customized search, using symbols to include, exclude, specify or require certain search behavior, and offers specialized interactive experiences, such as flight status and package tracking, weather forecasts, currency, unit and time conversions, word definitions, and more.

The main purpose of Google Search is to hunt for text in publicly accessible documents offered by web servers, as opposed to other data, such as images or data contained in databases. It was originally developed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1997. In June 2011, Google introduced "Google Voice Search" to search for spoken, rather than typed, words. In May 2012, Google introduced a Knowledge Graph semantic search feature in the U.S.

Analysis of the frequency of search terms may indicate economic, social and health trends. Data about the frequency of use of search terms on Google can be openly inquired via Google Trends and have been shown to correlate with flu outbreaks and unemployment levels, and provide the information faster than traditional reporting methods and surveys. As of mid-2016, Google's search engine has begun to rely on deep neural networks.Competitors of Google include Baidu and in China; and in South Korea; Yandex in Russia; in the Czech Republic; Yahoo in Japan, Taiwan and the US, as well as Bing and DuckDuckGo. Some smaller search engines offer facilities not available with Google, e.g. not storing any private or tracking information.

Within the US, as of July 2018, Microsoft Sites handled 24.2 percent of all search queries in the United States. During the same period of time, Oath (formerly known as Yahoo) had a search market share of 11.5 percent. Market leader Google generated 63.2 percent of all core search queries in the United States.

Google Shell

Google Shell, or goosh, is an open-source browser based Unix-like shell used as a front end for Google search. Written in AJAX the results are shown directly on the page. Google Shell is open source under the Artistic License/GPL. The code is currently hosted on Google Code.

List of Google products

The following is a list of products and services provided by Google.

Project Chanology

Project Chanology (also called Operation Chanology) was a protest movement against the practices of the Church of Scientology by members of Anonymous, a leaderless Internet-based group. The project was started in response to the Church of Scientology's attempts to remove material from a highly-publicized interview with Scientologist Tom Cruise from the Internet in January 2008.

The project was publicly launched in the form of a video posted to YouTube, "Message to Scientology", on January 21, 2008. The video states that Anonymous views Scientology's actions as Internet censorship, and asserts the group's intent to "expel the church from the Internet". This was followed by distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), and soon after, black faxes, prank calls, and other measures intended to disrupt the Church of Scientology's operations. In February 2008, the focus of the protest shifted to legal methods, including nonviolent protests and an attempt to get the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Church of Scientology's tax exempt status in the United States.

Reactions from the Church of Scientology regarding the protesters' actions have varied. Initially, one spokesperson stated that members of the group "have got some wrong information" about Scientology. Another referred to the group as a group of "computer geeks". Later, the Church of Scientology started referring to Anonymous as "cyberterrorists" perpetrating "religious hate crimes" against the church.

Detractors of Scientology have also criticized the actions of Project Chanology, asserting that they merely provide the Church of Scientology with the opportunity to "play the religious persecution card". Other critics such as Mark Bunker and Tory Christman initially questioned the legality of Project Chanology's methods, but have since spoken out in support of the project as it shifted towards nonviolent protests and other legal methods.

Search as a service

Search as a service is a branch of software as a service (SaaS), focussed on enterprise search or site-specific web search.


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