If you’ve ever wanted to know what bloggers think about a particular topic, you might have used the “blog search” option on Google, which conveniently sorted out the blogs from the news articles and shopping pages. Unfortunately, Google Blog Search is no more, leaving those of us who used to rely on it scratching our heads and searching for a workaround.
Why search just blogs? News articles can be a little biased:
1. Some of them don’t state an opinion at all (AP articles, etc.)
2. Some are subject to advertiser or sponsor influence (e.g., Washington Post is not likely to talk straight about owner Jeff Bezos)
3. Some go through endless rounds of editing to the point where you can’t be sure if one person actually wrote it
For this reason, some corporations and organizations might find the “straight talk” of a blog to more accurately represent what the people are thinking. The best bloggers also have demonstrated the ability to build dedicated audiences, making their words very influential.
While it’s not impossible to search blogs on Google (you can still filter blogs in your news searches under the “Search Tools” button) the results are not as extensive as the old Google Blog Search. So, what’s an internet researcher to do?
You can jimmy the system by adding Google Blog Search (tbm=blg) to the end of the URL in your browser’s address bar: http://www.google.com/search?tbm=blg.
What’s a Google application? You can find all of them here: http://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/58550/what-does-tbm-mean-in-google-search
Source: Internet for Lawyers
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