2006/11/18

Unofficial PlanetIBM Search

Introducing... the Unofficial PlanetIBM Search, based on Google's Custom Search Engines and on the unofficial list of IBM bloggers maintained by Elias Torres. Search box in this blogs side bar.

I've set everything by hand now, but it does not look very hard to script it now that I've learned a bit about Google's CSEs. Lots of things pending: write the scripts to automate the maintenance, get a semi-decent logo, give more weight to the official unofficial IBM voice (http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/, executives...), make visible what sites are searched and with what weigth (as now, everything in Elias list, with the same weight), check if I can get Google to be nice and avoid inserting ads from our competition in the results page...

And, why? Because I think that it is a good thing to be able to search what IBMers have been writing outside the firewall. (And because the procastinator in me thought that this was far more interesting than completing two pending assignments that I have from two friends... Cris, Rodri, ahora me pongo, de verdad...).

It is often said that it is better to ask forgiveness than permission. (Wait! Don't let my kids know that I agree with this!). So, without being 100% sure about this being the right thing to do, here I go.

Update. Re: reasons, permission and forgiveness. The main reason for doing this is shaking the tree and hoping that this can help to get in place sooner an official search, using IBM technology, a list of bloggers maintained officially, rss available on searches, no adds, nice integration with ibm.com... Based on what I experience in the IBM intranet, putting in place a proper solution should not be hard at all.

1 comentario:

kelly dijo...

Great stuff! I like it, and am also a great fan of begging forgiveness rather than asking permission. Just do it. :-)