Monday, January 28, 2008

A Little Request for Google

I was catching up on my Google Reader a couple of hours ago, and I came across a little post from xigi.net mentioning a Wall Street Journal article about Bill Gates and his call for "creative capitalism."

I read the article, got curious, and I decided I wanted to see what all the blog people were saying about Gates, his ideas, and the speech he gave the other day at the World Economic Forum.

I Google searched a bit, and I read a Huffington Post article and an editorial from The San Jose Mercury News, but I'm sure there's much more out there. And I'm sure some of it is significantly more interesting than what Google search gave me. I want an easy way to find it.

So, Google, I've decided there's a little research tool I need. I need a website or a browser plug-in that will accept a web address and return to me a list of webpages that contain links to that web address. For example, I take the WSJ article I just read, copy the URL, paste it into a box on this hypothetical website/plug-in, push a little search button, and get a list of blog posts, articles, and discussions that contain a link to the WSJ article.

Maybe start out by sorting the search results by popularity/traffic. Maybe let users identify blogs or news sources they know they like and make sure that their favorite sites come up at the tops of their lists. Maybe leverage a community of users and let people create tags and rate content...

But maybe this would only be useful for people, like me, that have just started blogging and still don't really have a complete concept of the scope or organization of the "blogosphere" (what a ridiculous word).

Or, maybe, something like this already exists. Please let me know if you know about it.

Anyway, just wanted to get that thought out there. And mention the Bill Gates WSJ article again. And link to it a second (and third) time to game the system and artificially improve this post's chance of making the top spot on the hypothetical website/plug-in mentioned above. And tell you that the sword swallower mentioned in the article is Hans Rosling, one of the people whose excitement gets me totally excited. Here's his first TED Talk. Amazing. And a nice segue into an upcoming post on recycling and the power of visuals...

3 comments:

Jefferson Parke said...

Technorati has some of the features your asking for. Try using Technorati's search on the WSJ article URL. It's currently tracking 220 blog reactions to the article.

Hope this helps, Jake.

Jake de Grazia said...

Cool. I set up a few watchlists on Technorati. I'll check back in with them from time to time. My "responsible consumption" watchlist already returned one link to a porn site, so this might get real interesting...

Apparently I should also look into Google Related Links and Yahoo's Y!Q.

Prairie Dogg said...

Could you post the link to that porn site when you get a chance?