I was just about to write a weblog post about an excellent product that I can't seem to shut up about. In preparing to do so, I thought about the fact that I heard about the product on another weblog but not one I've actually subscribed to. I wanted to give that person credit for this wonderful discovery but couldn't remember who it was.
I thought about this for a minute and realized that I knew the answer all along: Feedster. Since Feedster indexes a lot of weblogs, odds are good that I'd find it there. And I did.
This got me thinking. Why aren't web search engines smart enough to let me provide additional context, such as "I saw this on a web discussion board"?
Feedster clearly fills the void when it comes to weblogs, but think about it. Much like weblogs, I'd bet that 90% of the on-line discussion boards (at least the active ones) are powered by one of a very small set of software tools--maybe a dozen or so. Why hasn't someone spent the trivial effort to (1) detect and recognize them as discussion boards, and (2) index them with that knowledge?
This really isn't rocket surgery. Is it?
I can't be the only one who has wanted this on several occasions...
Posted by jzawodn at February 16, 2004 07:13 PM