Sphere Beta Review!


I was given beta access to the new blog search service known as Sphere, first thing I noticed no RSS buttons. I have already sent them a e-mail telling them this is going to be crucial from the get go, if we are not able to load queries in our news readers why would I bother visiting the site when I have 400 other queries spread among the sites Sphere will be competing for attention with.

Second thing I noticed was when I did specific searches for sites that it was obvious that this website had not been indexed. I then did searches on about 10 other sites I read daily and had about a 50% success rate. They are looking at some parts of the blogsphere but not the whole thing.

I reviewed 20 search terms I use with technorati, pubsub, and Icerocket. Sphere found a few links that were not found in those other searches, but Sphere’s depth of information did not even come close to technorati and Icerocket.

I understand the site is still in beta but they have a lot of work to do, if they want to capture what the wold is talking about with complete results and cross references. I don’t share all of the excitement some other reviewers have been saying about the site. But again I am pretty critical of all sites that don’t employ RSS, and they could have at least indexed this site before they invited me to the beta. The impression that is given when you do not find sites in the index that you read or find important is elitism. I am sure the real answer is more about servers, bandwidth and time to collect the information.

About geeknews

Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.

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  1. Thanks for signing up for the Sphere Beta. RSS is on the way, of course. Our focus at this stage is on relevance, and we appreciate as much early feedback as we can get from our beta users. We’re also keeping the beta index as fresh and complete as possible, but as you guessed, we have limited server hardware at this point. Your blog is in our index (it shows up in your screenshot on the right). If you change the date range to last 4+ months, you’ll see that we have 160 of your posts (for a reason we’re still investigating we don’t have anything newer than about two months). You can also try a query like site:geeknewscentral.com to see posts from your blog. Thanks again for your feedback.

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