Sunday, December 25, 2005

Four Japanese blog search engines

Digging through the Japanese blogosphere is of course possible with Technorati Japan, but if you want to try something else, be sure to give a spin. Search results are displayed in the classic list form, but also projected on a Google powered map. I don't know if it's terribly useful, but well, it's a cool trick.

Also worth a look is kizasi. Its interface is different from other search engines: you not only get search results, but also a tag cloud of related terms + a time based stats overview - try "メリークリスマス", for instance.

And to finish this short list, a link to blogWatcher: although the service is visually not very appealing, there's a lot of power under the hood, and the statistics on the right are more than a gimmick.