I am pleased to present you my second side-project: Talk Digger.
I developed an addiction for my blog statistics and for people talking about my writings. I was always checking the link-backs to my domain name on the major search engines. As everybody knows it, no search engine is perfect and some could index a web site and not the other. It is the reason why I was checking on many different search engines.
Then some weeks ago I asked myself that question: why don’t you build an application to query all these search engines for you, displaying the results and some statistics of these queries. Then I started to develop Talk Digger. I also noticed that Robert Scoble was in a mood of comparing different search results from the major blogging search engines like Bloglines and Technorati. Then I told myself that such a service could also interest other people. This is the reason why I developed it as a web service: to enable other people to use it and benefit from it. Then Talk Digger was born.
What is Talk Digger?
This is a web service that query major search engines to know who links to a specific URL. The results will then be processed and displayed on Talk Digger. There are 3 specifics things that will appear when you dig for a link:
- Result. This is the number of links to that URL. If you click on that blue number, you will be redirected to the result page of the search engine and be able to know who links to you
- Trend. This is an arrow that will show you if the number of results for that search is higher, lower or the same as the previous one. This is really effective when you wake up the morning and that you need to instantly see if someone as talked about your blog during the night
- 7 last digs trend graph. This is a graph that shows you the evolution of the results returned by the search engines in the last 7 search requests
How this service can be used?
Talk Digger is basically intended to bloggers that want to know, in a single click, if new people talked about their blog or one of their specific stories.
Is Talk Digger only for blogger?
Certainly not; anybody can use it; there are some situations where you could want to use it:
- You are a blogger and you want to know who link to your blog
- You are a blogger and you want to know who link to one of your specific stories
- You are reading an article somewhere on the Internet and you want to know who talk about it and what they have to say
- You are someone that is interested in comparing the results of different search engines
Basically, you have three things to do when you want to search for an URL:
- Enter the URL you want to search for into the edit field
- Press the “Dig it!” button
- Wait until the results appear
Is there other ways to use that service? Certainly
If you are blogger, or a person that write articles on his website, you could be interested by implementing a text or a button link that would redirect your reader to that service with the article’s URL. Then they would instantly know who is talking about your article on the Internet. How to do it?
You only have to create a link with that URL:
Check the posts of this blog. In the bottom, you can see little “emitting antenna” icon. If you click on it, you will be redirected to Talk Digger, and will instantly search for that post. This is an example of how you could implement that service into your blog/web site.
Try and it tell me what you think about it; your first impression; things to change; things to add; etc.
Please have in mind that this is the Beta edition. So you could expect some little glitch, depending of the browser you are using. This is one of the joys with Ajax: you never really know if it will work everywhere, exactly the same way.