September 15th, 2005

Fishy Circumstances

Blogsearch

Google's new Blogsearch tool, now in beta, only presents search results which are fond on blogs. One of its biggest intended uses is to help the "general public" find out "what the blogs are saying".* It has some bugs still, including the current egregious one of ignoring LiveJournal's no-robot flags, a big no-no for a good, self-respecting search engine. The good news is that it will be fixed; the bad news is that it's already indexed huge amounts of material which shouldn't be.

A vanity search was, of course, required. Searching for what's out there on oneself is a healthy thing to do at regular intervals anyways, just to know what other people could know about you; and I do, once in a while. That's why it was a real revelation to troll through the final few pages of results and find a slew of things I hadn't encountered before. There were no unpleasant surprises, but there certainly were some revelations hiding in there, the biggest of which was that, supposed, my weblog was in the top 20 LJs for GoogleRank somewhen back in 2003.

You should try it too. Not because Google is still fashionable, despite its disproportionate market share. You should try it because you should know what other people can know about you. It's good internet self-defense.

* Many of the big news sites have featured articles on what the blogs are saying about various major world events, in addition to running blogs of their own.