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Sphere — tuning for the Blogosphere

Sphere — tuning for the Blogosphere

Pranam Kolari, 4:51pm 8 October 2005

SphereWe all know how blog search engines have made themselves a name, by tuning traditional IR techniques to the Blogosphere. Enter Sphere. It is in “stealth mode” now — not even a Beta. Over at GigaOm, Om Malik has some interesting thoughts on Sphere. Some excerpts —

Think Blog Rank, Instead of Google’s Page Rank. The company has also taken a few steps to out-smart the spammers, and tend to push what seems like spam-blog way down the page. Not censuring but bringing up relevant content first. They have pronoun checker. Too many I’s could mean a personal blog, with less focused information. That has an impact on how the results show up on the page …

The coolest feature they have is matching Blog content with relevant web articles from mainstream media.

The bottomline is of course tuning (there is still a lot of opporutunity here) relevancy to the Blogosphere. They are expected to launch their Beta soon. Current count — 3(only). Watch this space!

2 Responses to “Sphere — tuning for the Blogosphere”

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  2. EBB: ebiquity blog at UMBC (mobile and pervasive computing, semantic web, intelligent agents) » Uncloaking on Web 2.0 Says:

    [...] A recent post we and others (here, here, here and here) made about Sphere – a new blog search engine based on initiation by Om Malik is an interesting example. Om, an A-List blogger now has a new post on yahoo blog search engine and how Sphere is better. Some readers would have noticed count at the bottom in our previous post. What was 3 then is now 47! Moreover it is (was) widely discussed on the blogosphere. [...]