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INCLUDE IN SEARCH:
( ) Everything in Google's index
( ) Only the following:
- ( ) Information pages
- ( ) E-commerce pages
- ( ) Message boards and newsgroups
- ( ) Blogs
This would be more convenient than the current method (which has separate indexes for Google Groups and Froogle) for users who want everything on a given topic, and it would provide filtering for users who want to include or exclude various types of content.
I suspect that the index of the new blogs.google.com will be nothing more than all the blogger blogs perhaps under the new name of "google blogs". I expect the model to be very similar to say blogs.salon. People can sign up for a google blog, use the blogger software, be hosted on some goole server or third-party one, have a few terms and conditions, and will have Adwords in them in return. They may also have auto acess to clever things from labs.google or API thingos. The model may be slightly different or extended but that will be the basis.
The author of the previous article was simply putting 2 and 2 together, adding a generous helping of imagination, and getting -6.
But this can be written of as www-sj acting up lately.
Take a heavily blogged text from February and the differences aren't that big. (Except in the case of numerous new blogs or sites picking up on the subject)
Searching for "Anti war posters"
www: 3850 pages
www-sj: 2920 pages
There aren't very big differences between the top 20.
Im not really sure, but i think im seeing news home pages well and truly still in the sERPS, but less individual items.
I really do think that google's other algos are continually improving in being able to pinpoint relevant unique content without having to apply an artificial very rough definition of what consitutues a blog, a forum, an email-newsletter archive, and a news item. These definitions would have to be highly complex and always imperfect in terms of getting avoiding unacceptable levels of false-negative and false-positive classifications. Ask any librarian, information professional or database expert.
For me personally, I have a blog with mainly personal or fiction-stories content, this move from Google would cost me some visitors. But I don't get most visitors from Google. I get most visitors from other blogs linking to my website. It won't keep me from my nightly sleep.