A new search engine feature have been added to Lab Soft News courtesy of Type Pad, the company that hosts this blog. It allows readers to search both previous notes on the blog plus the entire blogosphere. You can find it labeled "Sphere blog search" in the right hand column of the home page. Search returns are labeled recently on this blog and recently on other blogs. A Google search option continues to be provided. You can use it to search this blog or the entire web.
Two additional features for readers are still in place and are also located in the right hand column. You can enter your email address and have all new notes emailed to you, courtesy of Feedblitz. The second feature, provided by Feedburner, allows you to subscribe to this blog using RSS with new content downloaded to a news aggregator. Standard browsers like Internet Explorer 7.0 beta are also offering the capability of using them to enable RSS subscriptions.
The bottom line of all of this activity is that the tool set for blog readers and the blogosphere is becoming more robust as evidence of the rapid maturation of Web 2.0 and focused media (links here, here, and here). In the same way that the web differentiated itself from the Internet and email, the blogosphere is now differentiating itself from the web. While this is happening, the blogosphere itself is being segmented into public blogs and private blogs, dark blogs, which are accessible only by password and ID. Here is a description of dark blogs focusing on project-oriented corporate blogs.