This morning I tried out the MSN Search Beta and was suitably impressed. There were some availability issues last night which led some to proclaim the new MSN search: an unmitigated disaster. However today things are running fine.

I tried the following queries on both services and got some interesting results

  1. "dare obasanjo"

    Google Result Description My current personal weblog My former personal weblog My current work-related weblog My author page on The most popular article from my Extreme XML column on MSDN

    MSN Search (beta) Result Description My current personal weblog My current work-related weblog My author page on My personal page on the RSS Bandit wiki A blog post that refers to me as a Nigerian XML expert

  2. "rss bandit" OR rssbandit

    Google Result Description The RSS Bandit webpage The former RSS Bandit project page on GotDotNet Workspaces The current RSS Bandit project page on SourceForge A post in my former blog about RSS Bandit A review of RSS Bandit by Roy Osherove

    MSN Search (beta) Result Description The RSS Bandit webpage The first article I wrote about RSS Bandit on MSDN SPAM Posts from the RSS Bandit category of my current weblog A catalog of RSS readers

The results from MSN Search were pertinent and in some cases moreso than the Google ones. Although MSN Search did allow a spam entry to make it into the top 5 results it also returned a link to all the RSS Bandit related posts on my blog which Google didn't pick up. Well, it doesn't look so inconceivable anymore that Microsoft will give Google a run for their money.

Then just wait until you see launch version of MSN Spaces and compare it to Blogger (although I'd prefer comparisons to LiveJournal or TypePad). The next few years are going to be fun.


Friday, November 12, 2004 5:17:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I imagine you're in there scrubbing the back-end of MySpaces. Is there a public roadmap for it?
Friday, November 12, 2004 7:23:27 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
There isn't a public roadmap for it (is there one for any major online website)? We will be releasing v1 in the near future and we've initiated discussions about features for v2. Once its launched I'll be more forthcoming about discussing features.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004 4:11:02 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Talking of LiveJournal, its (users are) having a lot of trouble with a Hotmail bug, sadly. []. Don't know if it's being worked on by the Hotmail team though. :/

I'm impressed by the results you showed there fr the search, I'd thought it'd either be vapourware or a quickly shelved initiative. Like you say, it looks much more likely now to be a concievable player.

Incidentally, the RSS Bandit screenshot you linked looks lush!

As for the MSN Spaces link, I am really interested in that! I can see evidence of RSS & photoblogging there, so it's clearly no pretender like AOL blogs. Definitely one for me to watch.
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