Google Alert is Now Mixing the Blogosphere and the Web
I just noticed a change in my Google Alert. Instead of one alert it is now divided into two alerts, one for Google Blogs and one for Google Web. Is Google taking on a spherical approach? It is now clearly distinguishing between the blogosphere and the web, which is sometimes called the division between the dynamic web and the static web. But is that actually the case?
This is what my Google Alert from today looks like:
What struck me was that on the one hand the spherical approach with a clear distinction between (dynamic) blogs and on the other hand the (static) web. Google clearly distinguishes between “dynamic” blog posts and “static” pages as the alerts for the Blog Herald show. My blog post is filed under the alert for Blogs while my author page is filed under Web. Google Alert treats blog posts and blog pages differently.
A blog post is treated a dynamic page while an author’s page is treated as a static page. But wasn’t the whole point of permalinks to create a permanent and static link for a blog post? Google is now blending “the blogosphere” and “the web” and treating parts of the blogosphere differently.