Apr 23 2007
I have previously written about the state of blogsearch in Australia and how difficult it can be to find Australian content. I’ve mentioned gnoos, the Australian Index and AustralianBlogs (more a blog directory than blog search) as being our only really viable localised search options. I’ve also lamented it would be great if Google blogsearch was available for our au domain.
Over the weekend I fell over a site called www.blogs.com.au. This site was released on April 2 this year. At present it is a customised Google search, which searches the 1,200+ blogs that are included.
The website is the initiative of Anthony Dever, a 27 year old entrepreneur from Brisbane with training in PR, journalism and marketing, who until recently operated a small web hosting company which he sold to pursue some online projects he’s been contemplating.
You may know of Anthony, a self confessed “media junkie” and avid consumer of Aussie blogs and a great supporter of the Australian blogsphere. In his spare time for the last 5 years Anthony has also run a website called fugly.com.au, which parodies the Logie awards.
Over the years of surfing Aussie blogs, Anthony has been quietly collecting URLs and storing them in a file. He has incorporated all these blogs in this customised Google search, and is welcoming submissions to help build up the search data base. Australian blogs may be added to the search via an email link. I would suggest just a quick email with your URL and maybe a one line description so Anthony doesn’t get inundated with life stories! He tells me that over the next day or so he will be getting a submission form on the site to save the email.
As it stands, it’s a great search on a platform that all of us are familiar with. But Anthony has larger plans for the site. I shan’t give too much away, but to hint at a few functions – think tags, advanced searching by topic and location, and an RSS powered update tracker for all the latest news.
While you’re there be sure to check out Anthony’s blog “The Local” which launched yesterday and is spotlighting a “blog of the day” and other news on the Aussie blogosphere (such as the Aussie launch of defamer.com.au and gizmodo.com.au). It’s bound to be a great read.
Anthony wonders, as do I, just how many Aussie blogs are out there? If you’re curious too, please help spread the word about this local blog search, submit your blog and help other Aussies find you.
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