Thursday, September 15, 2005

Blogger search:
Old news, since I wasn't around to post this yesterday, but just in case you missed it: Google has finally started to search blogs. You can do it through the Google site or thru Blogger. It's in beta, haven't tried it yet, but Jeff Jarvis thinks the search is a little strange so far. Seems it finds a lot of Blogger spam blogs. SearchEngineWatch discusses the search.
To see what bloggers are saying about this, of course it's worth a Google blog search (suggested by Dave Winer).
Speaking of Blogger spam, I started getting comment spam on my Blogger photoblog within the last week. I enabled a keyword comment login that should eliminate it. No sign on this blog or the other blogs yet, although I think it may be showing up on the obsolete Herald blog.....


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    Check the Contributor's Registry which is already online; it’s Orato’s call to journalists and enthusiastic writers from around the world to get involved. Orato will combine the work of professional journalists and “citizen journalists”: people from 122 countries have already registered and sent us story ideas.

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    In the registry, we have included sample stories to demonstrate what we mean by first-person news, so please, take a minute to look at the samples, register, and send us your story ideas. And please, feel free to contact us if you have questions

    Cecilia Jamasmie
    Assignment Editor

    By Anonymous Cecilia Jamasmie, at 9:08 PM  

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