Monthly Archives: April 2007

Google BlogBar

I have installed a Google BlogBar at the top of the page.

I set this BlogBar up using the BlogBar Wizard and did not modify any of the code. For now I used “CyberCoder” as the only keyword. It will rotate through the most relevant blog posts it finds in Google Blogsearch.

The Google AJAX Search API Team (led by Mark Lucovsky) has done an excellent job with this software since starting it up back in May 2006.

If you have not tried any of the software in this API, you should. It’s easy to install and can add some very nice features to any site.

And yes, I admit, I am a little biased since I have been given credit from Google on the idea for the BlogBar (and VideoBar) .

Google Voice Local Search

Google has released their voice local search called Goog-411, and it works great !

There has been some mention of this in the past, but this appears to be the first “experimental” release.

I tried it immediately and was very impressed with the interface and response.

And it’s free. Google doesn’t charge you a thing for the call or for connecting you to the business. Regular phone charges may apply, based on your telephone service provider.

Note: Google Voice Local Search is still in its experimental stage. It may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. We’re fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests. It’s currently only available in English, in the US, for US business listings. Source : Google Voice Local Search

Blog Search

This week Scoble had a post about which blogsearch works best, Technorati or Google. Looking at the numbers is one thing, but, numbers are not the only factor.

One of the reasons I have become such a huge fan of the Google AJAX Search API is because it lets you see more than just one type of result. After about the Top 10 results most searches can get a little redundant, and if the engine you are using is trusted by you, do you really go way down the list to read? Or, do you start picking off the top results and begin a little CAADD (Computer Aided Attention Deficit Disorder) activity. You know, you read one post which leads you to another source and so on. You never really get back to that long list of results.

So instead of getting 100 results from Blogs, how about getting the top 8 (everyone wishes it was 10) results from Google BlogSearch, Google, Google News and any other sources you want to program in. And as an extra bonus, you get a group of Videos that will play right on the page without requiring a reload or move off of the page.

I took 15 minutes to put together a sample page to demonstrate. Let’s use Robert’s search term “videobloggingweek2007“, just click to give it a try and see what you think.