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Sunday, August 08, 2004

The word on Nixon

There's a lot disdain out there for Richard Nixon and his legacy. Are there any good stories to be told? What do they remember about the day he resigned? I grew up in the age of Nixon. He resigned from office the summer after I graduated from high school. Personally, I let go of some of my own animosity for Nixon when I met the family of a Chinese scientist who found his way to the United States after Nixon opened relations between China and the U.S.

On this, the 30th anniversary of Nixon's televised announcement that he would resign the Office of the President of the United States, I thought it would be a good idea to see what other bloggers were saying about that momentous event in the history of our country. Thinking that Feedster, the blog search engine, would be a good place to start, I plinked in "Nixon" and got the following results:

The first item was an article from NPR, which unfortunately isn't a weblog, and further unfortunately, requires registration to access.

The second item was a blog entry from Gloria Brame about Newt Gingrich with a nominal mention of Richard Nixon. Even though it wasn't exactly what I was looking for, I was happy to rediscover Gloria. I used to read her web site years ago for tips on how to become a successful s_e_x writer. That girl can write!

The next item was a link to the politics page for All Headline News. Again, not a blog. The next seven items were links to BookTV. Then there were links to AP articles, a men's magazine, and iTunes. No blogs there.

It's hard to tell if this is a reflection of the bloggers or Feedster. A Bloglines search had similar results. What the bloggers saying?

Posted by Marie at August 8, 2004 3:05 PM

Comments

Feedster does its best on searching blogs, but to grow up as a company we need to include more content and sites. We gather all the RSS that we can find and provide search across it. That obviously includes a lot of professional news sites like NPR and other non-blog outlets.

We are working hard to strike the right balance between blogs and other information. In order to better serve the needs that you bring up above, how would you like us to present the search returns differently?

Posted by: Scott Rafer at August 8, 2004 7:21 PM

Scott,

I hope it didn't sound like I was being critical of Feedster. If so, I apologize. I definitely was not. I've been using Feedster almost since the beginning. And, as a fan of Scott Johnson, I've given him feedback whenever I thought I had something valuable to add. As a matter of fact, I think I even gave him some feedback when he first started talking about indexing sites other than blogs.

To answer your question, I don't know how Feedster would differentiate between a professional news site and a personal blog, but it would be nice if the results could be separated, or if the searcher had a choice to search personal blogs or everything.

Posted by: Marie at August 8, 2004 8:01 PM