The Wall Street Journal’s article, “New Search Engines Help Users Find Blogs” tells of blog directories competing directly with major search engines, and in many respects, beating them to the punch when it comes to tracking and helping users find information on blogs.
Blogs, compared to websites, are updated faster and contain more gossip, news, and discussion about the issues than the more “serious” websites. Google and Yahoo, among others, do their best to patrol the web with their search engine robots and spiders, but they can’t seem to keep up. I’ve found this repeatedly as I search for topical and current event information and news. Blogs tend to get the information almost before the news sites.
The new sites are gaining traction with users looking to sample what people are talking about online, from the fallout from Hurricane Katrina to silly celebrity gossip. As free tools make it easier for even the most technophobic to publish online, there’s a growing demand for services to sift through the clutter….Still, the tech-savvy are flocking to them. Julie Meloni, a 31-year-old Web designer in San Jose, Calif., often uses Google to find how-to guides for design tricks. But to learn what other Web designers are saying about a new development in the industry, she turns to Technorati to search blogs. “You can hear what the unofficial word is,” she says. “You can watch the buzz happen.”
It seems more and more that if you are looking for static information, use the search engines. If you want current news and events, to find the “word on the street”, blogs are where to go.
Here are some of the top blog directories.