Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Sphere goes live, not just yet

Sphere.com an online bookmarking site but with an extensive list of features behind its belt.

Who needs Sphere?

Everybody, of course! In one of three flavors...
  1. People interested in timely topics, who aren't quite sure about this whole blogging hoo-ha.
  2. Readers who already use blog search engines, and are sick of disappointing results and spam. Those who secretly crave a faster, more intuitive, and feature-rich experience.
  3. Publishers who might like to include some really good blog content in their websites, but only if it's really, truly good.

New in this V1.5 release:

  • custom range histogram;
  • sphere it bookmarklet that makes it easy to find blog posts that relate to what you're reading on the Web;
  • top queries this hour/ this week;
  • RSS for search results;
  • community feedback buttons throughout the site;
  • expanded related media verticals including podcasts (Yahoo! API), books (Amazon API), and photos (CNET Webshots API);
  • expanded related news articles coverage (over 50 mainstream news sites such as CNN, NYT, ESPN, Fox, USA Today to name a few);
  • featured blogs for 12,000+ keyword search terms covering over 500 broad topics including baseball, anime, food, web 2.0, tech news, knitting, culture, etc.; and
  • a brand new back end that scales.

The best two featues are the custom range feature (a search on 'mohammed cartoons' really illustrates its utility) and the sphere it bookmarklet (take a chance, download and it'll change your life). And check out the related media for almost any search - you'll now find podcasts, books and photo's in addition to our news articles.

The site goes live tomorrow, so you just have a couple of more hours left to sign up. Believe me it will be worth your wait.



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