Thanks to Niall Kennedy for pointing out Google’s new ping service.
This is great – one of the biggest problems I had with Google’s blogsearch was how slow it was to pick up on posts. Several hours after posting an article, typically it still wasn’t up on Google whereas the post is often up on Technorati within minutes.
You can manually ping Google’s Blogsearch here or alternatively you can add the following address to your blog platform to automate the ping (in WordPress add it Options -> Writing -> Update Services)
For more see the Google Blog Search ping FAQ
Om Malik announced today he is leaving his job at Business 2.0 to setup a new business.
Robert Scoble let slip that he is leaving Microsoft to join a startup, at a bloggers dinner the other night.
Tara Hunt announced last week that she’s leaving Riya to go out on her own.
Ben Metcalf has left the BBC to start something new.
Chris Messina posted a couple of months back that he was leaving Flock to go out on his own.
I’m sure there are others I have left out.
Of course no trend would be complete without its exception – Niall Kennedy announced he was leaving startup Technorati back in February and subsequently joined Microsoft!
It seems that all over good people are on the move, primarily from (reasonably) secure jobs into the great unknown that is startupsville! Is there something in the air?
Niall Kennedy is a well known blogger, a vertical search veteran, a podcaster (with Om Malik) on the Om and Niall podsessions podcast, and a soccer coach! I will be interviewing Niall tomorrow (Fri 21st) in the late afternoon (sorry for the late notice – I only just got confirmation) for a podcast on PodLeaders.com.
Niall has worked for Technorati, shopping comparison engines PriceGrabber and NexTag, institutional investment search company Callan Associates, and business services search for American Express.
Most recently, Niall has accepted a job working for Microsoft’s Windows Live Division.
And most importantly, Niall is the proud holder of an Irish passport!
As always, if you have any questions that youâ€™d like me to ask him, feel free to leave them in the comments or emil them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.