We’ve just added a very cool feature to Global Voices – the ability to search through 4,800 of the weblogs our editors consult most frequently in putting together their roundup of blogs from around the world. The backend for this search technology is Google’s Co-op search, which I complained about in this blog post, then raved about in this post – in between the two posts, Google used some of our feedback to tune their algorithms and produce results that are much better suited to blogs than to the sites they’d used as their initial testbed.
The project is a very early beta for us – I’m sure there are sites in our index that aren’t blogs (which we’ll remove if you let us know) and there are certainly blogs we follow regularly that need to be added to the index. This version was built from OPML files our editors provided to us from the aggregators they use to put together GV. A future version will include all the sites we link to on GV, which should expand the collection quite a bit. And an even further off version will integrate with the giant aggregator we’ll be offering on the site next year, which will let you look at new posts from all the countries we cover, as well as offering suggestions for feeds we should be watching – the blogs covered by that aggregator will be the same blogs tracked by the search engine.
To check out the search, go to the main page of Global Voices, and select the middle option on the search bar – search “the Global Voices Web”. And please let me know if you’ve got feedback, positive or negative, on what you find.