Blog Search Without RSS? No thanks.
Searching for something manually, be it on the web in general or in the blogosphere, is a very inefficient way to gather information. When a project is begun, I believe you should determine some good search queries once - and then grab the RSS feed for those searches. Don't miss new results just because you forgot to repeat a search manually. Don't act based on search results that are as old as the last time you remembered to go perform a search manually. Get all the newest results as soon as they are available on the web after only performing a search one time!
Now, all the above blog search engines offer RSS feeds for their searches, so why do I have to lose that when I do a metasearch? RSSMix can splice multiple feeds into one new feed, wouldn't it only make sense for any blog metasearch engine, like Clusty, to do this as well?
This is such a powerful application that failure to include it in any search service is a huge loss. I really hope that will change. For now I will continue to grab the RSS feeds from each of those services one at a time, perhaps running them through RSS Mix if I need one feed for output, but I sure wish that Clusty created one metafeed for me.
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