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October 9, 2006 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Bada-Ping, Bada-Ping

Let the pinging begin! Google, Inc. ( announced the addition of a pinging service for its Google Blog Search ( to alert users when blogs have been updated. "These updates," according to Google, "are then published and shared with other search engines to allow them to discover the changes to your weblogs. In addition, Google Blog Search will ad submitted weblogs to the list of blogs it needs to crawl and index."

The pinging service is billed as a one-time notification feature, so users can ping as often as their blogs change. Google's API can also be used for an automatic service. The pinging service does not, however, guarantee that every blog will be added to Google's Blog Search results. Delays between the time the ping is received and when Google is able to crawl the site may have an impact on when and if the blog update is added. Check with your blog provider about its pinging policy; some commercial blog sites may already ping Google Blog Search.

For those who want to see a list of recent pings, Google publishes the past 5 minutes of Blog Search's ping notifications as an XML file ( The continuously updated Google Blog Search index provides a global reach, letting users search for blogs in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, and other languages. Google's goal is to search every blog that publishes an RSS or Atom site feed for Blog Search.

Source: Google, Inc

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