27 December 2004

Search, PubSub, 27-Dec-04 UTC 15:36:00

Errors

Valid search strings produce inconsistent results.

Known-existing feed/material does not appear in searches.

Significance

Failed search attempts raise doubts about veracity of claims that

A. Existing problems with E-mail communication to corporations and developers is remedied by relying on weblogs;

B. Public corporations can adequately use feed-search tools to monitor public comments about either IT products; or

C. XML feeds can bridge gap between customer and corporation in re weblogs.

Discussion

Valid search strings entered, but produce no hits.


Inconsistent search results


Sample search1

Terms: mudtesting OR "mud's tests"
Parameters: Include High-Volume Weblogs and Personal Journals

Result: Valid search results, hits

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Sample search2:

Terms: mudtesting OR "mud's AND tests"
Parameters: None offered.

Result: Quote, "There are no results that match your subscription"


Comment

1. XML-feed search problems

There are gaps in the existing XML-feed searches. Need a clean story on why the valid searches with the same terms produce different results.

2. Problematic claims in re weblog monitoring

Corporations appear unable to rely on PubSub to conduct a complete "key word search" needed to identify blog-feedback on products. Unclear what basis venture capital funding should continue.
Errors

Valid search strings produce inconsistent results.

Known-existing feed/material does not appear in searches.

Significance

Failed search attempts raise doubts about veracity of claims that

A. Existing problems with E-mail communication to corporations and developers is remedied by relying on weblogs;

B. Public corporations can adequately use feed-search tools to monitor public comments about either IT products; or

C. XML feeds can bridge gap between customer and corporation in re weblogs.

Discussion

Valid search strings entered, but produce no hits.


Inconsistent search results


Sample search1

Terms: mudtesting OR "mud's tests"
Parameters: Include High-Volume Weblogs and Personal Journals

Result: Valid search results, hits

------------------------

Sample search2:

Terms: mudtesting OR "mud's AND tests"
Parameters: None offered.

Result: Quote, "There are no results that match your subscription"


Comment

1. XML-feed search problems

There are gaps in the existing XML-feed searches. Need a clean story on why the valid searches with the same terms produce different results.

2. Problematic claims in re weblog monitoring

Corporations appear unable to rely on PubSub to conduct a complete "key word search" needed to identify blog-feedback on products. Unclear what basis venture capital funding should continue.
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