Press release time.
It sez here:
OAKLAND, Calif. â€“ June 1, 2006 â€“ Ask.com today introduced Blog & Feed Search, a new service designed specifically for searching posts, feeds and news published to the â€œblogosphere.â€ Uniquely leveraging Ask.com search technology and subscription data from Bloglines, the world’s leading feed reader, new Ask Blog & Feed Search delivers superior relevance and richer tools than can be found elsewhere.”
Upon inspection, it looks….pretty good, I think. Nice clean interface, some helpful suggestions, fast response. Similar to other major blog and feed search offerings.
In regards to sorting methodology:
“instead of crawling, Ask Blog & Feed Search harnesses the subscription data of ….Bloglines to create our search index….On the blogosphere, people provide the best way to discover the freshest, highest-quality feeds — information that isnâ€™t exposed to crawlers….In addition, this â€˜collective human intelligenceâ€™ provides a natural defense against spam, as people typically do not subscribe to low-quality content”.
Hmmm…interesting, but not entirely spam proof. Is Bloglines fake-account proof?