While we're all focusing on Google Blog Search today, a reader sends along a note that Ask Jeeves released (beta) their new blog engine on Ask Jeeves Japan a couple of days ago. Interesting. I wonder when it will become available on other AJ sites? Of course, Bloglines, now owned by AJ, has offered a blog search service for several years. In fact, Bloglines won our SEW Award for Best Blog/Feed Search Engine this year.
Here's a search for "Search Engine Watch" on Ask Jeeves Japan blog search. I don't have a Japanese character set on my computer (I don't read Japanese) but I did notice a button to subscribe to feeds (with Bloglines) located next to each result. I also spotted a time stamp of when the post hit the database and an option to limit your search results to Podcast entries (look for a link on the right side of the results page). You can also limit a search to podcast content from the outset by selecting the option located next to the search box. More as we learn it.
Postscript: I just had a brief chat with Jim Lanzone from AJ. No word about when the new blog search tool will launch outside of Japan.
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