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Blog based ping services are the new black it seems. Google has just announced a new blog ping service joining an already very crowded space. Today we’re launching the Google Blog Search Pinging Service, which is a way for individual bloggers and blog platform providers to […]

Blog based ping services are the new black it seems. Google has just announced a new blog ping service joining an already very crowded space.

Today we’re launching the Google Blog Search Pinging Service, which is a way for individual bloggers and blog platform providers to inform us of content changes. Blogging providers who syndicate RSS/Atom/XML and want to be included in our Blog Search index can now ping us directly. We’ll continue to monitor other pinging services and will contribute change notifications to the community.

Yahoo had entered the space when they bought Blo.gs. Verisign had acquired Weblogs.com pinging service from Dave “The Blogfather” Winer. Automattic owns Ping-o-matic. Anyway the answer to why Yahoo and now Google want a piece of the ping, I channel an old post by my good friend, David Galbraith.

Currently, ‘pings’ to sites like weblogs.com or ping-o-matic or blo.gs say that SOMETHING has been updated on a weblog or news site. Specs such as RSSPing change this to a ping that says WHAT has been updated. If all pages being published on the web did this (and there is no technical reason why they couldn’t), then search engines would not need to crawl websites and search engines would be updated instantly. Search engines are measured on how much, how relevant and how fresh. Pings are the answer to the fresh bit.

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  1. Blogfather winer, whiner or winner?

  2. Oooops! my bad .. i misread that. Its Dave Winer! not Dave .. The blogfather winner

    sorry for inaccurate nagging!

  3. If Google can apply their spam filtering prowess to this and republish an update stream with a higher SNR, I’ll be their bestest friend.

  4. Jeffrey McManus Thursday, October 5, 2006

    blog.gs –> blo.gs

  5. google’s constructing a big barrier to entry in the blog indexing space. after all, with many bloggers already pinging google’s indexing service, how do you keep your own index up to date?
    be on the lookout for an emerging open protocol called the Link Subscription Architecture that should offer an interesting alternative to rss.

  6. There is the site, Ping the Semantic web:

    http://pingthesemanticweb.com/

    if you want to share your RDF documanets.

  7. Google grab-bag (and DVD rewinder)…

    Wow it’s time for IT Blogwatch again, in which we round up a bunch of recent Google news. Not to mention The DVD Rewinder…

  8. Shaft Circulator Friday, October 6, 2006

    GNC-2006-10-06 #205…

    I have an amazing amount of content for you tonight along with some giveaway opportunities. Make sure…

  9. Just a correction, Automattic doesn’t own Ping-o-Matic, they’re separate entities.

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