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Head-to-Head Comparison Between rssSearch and Feedster

Dave Aiello wrote, "I've attempted to do a head-to-head comparison of the two new RSS-based search engines that have gone live recently. Both search engines have interesting features that set them apart from each other and from search engines that came before them."

"Here are the results of a quick feature comparison I did earlier this morning. YMMV, and I would appreciate it if you would send any comments or suggestions to me by email at dave_aiello at ctdata.com."

Unique rssSearch features:

  • visible relevance scoring
  • detailed "Search Report" for each search, including:
    • database statistics
    • equivalent search parameters
    • result summary for each part of the search term
  • similarity searching based on key attributes of one indexed document

Unique Feedster features:

  • "filter out" capabilities, to remove a given blog from search results
  • dynamic RSS generation, based on search parameters
  • visible display of number of links in article
  • direct link to comments on articles in search results, in some cases

"At the moment, rssSearch appears to be the more statistically-oriented of the two pure RSS Search Engines. But, Feedster seems to have an edge on Blogosphere-integration with its dynamic RSS feature. This looks like it is definitely worth an experiment or two."

"I am specifically not commenting on the relevance of the search results displayed by either search engine at this time. I have not had time to compare them."

"This is a fluid environment, and I expect lots of competition between these two search engines, and Daypop, which is more well known than either of them and has RSS search capabilities as well."

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