by Brian Solis

Techmeme founder Gabe Rivera announced a new search feature, which he says is 32 months in the making.

According to Rivera’s blog post, hours after Techmeme launched in 2005, search uberblogger Danny Sullivan remarked “there’s no keyword search facility that I can see. I want that, and soon!”

Rivera continued, “Nobody wants to let Danny down, so I got right to work and 32 months later, a search box now sits atop the site.”

Truth is that Rivera sort of, “blew it off” since it always seemed less of a concern. His primary focus was surfacing newsworthy stories and the conversations associated around them – as they happened.

So why now?

Rivera says, “As an increasing number of users became increasingly dependent on Techmeme, one common use case emerged: people wanted simply to recall things they’d seen on the site early.”

Techmeme Search returns items that have appeared as full headlines on Techmeme, in reverse chronological order. Headlines appearing only in “Discussion” are excluded. This way, Techmeme Search aims to surface only the most notable results for a query.

There are two ways to search, depending on how “close” a result is desired. The default mode only returns matches occurring in the title or the first couple of sentences. Searching for “Yahoo” in this mode typically return stories about Yahoo. Unchecking “Search title & summary only” on the result page (or the bare bones page) enables search of the full article text. In this mode, any article simply mentioning “Yahoo” will appear.

Narrowing results by source url, author, date, and other attributes is also supported. For instance, “sourceurl:” returns posts only from the blog Search Engine Land (as seen here). A concise list of all the search operators involved is available through the “Advanced” link on a search results page (or again, on the bare bones page).

Update: TechCrunch has more on the story.

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Brian Solis

Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research-based advisory firm. Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture. His current book, Engage, is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to build and measure success in the social web.

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