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Techmeme Search: Search archive stories on Techmeme

Gabe Rivera, Techmeme’s founder has announced a new feature called “Techmeme search”, that lets you find archived articles using keywords that appear on the post titles and few sentences of the headlines. 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 modes of searching, 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:http://searchengineland.com/” returns posts only from the blog Search Engine Land. 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).

Other operators include:

  • sourceurl:http://www.news.com/otl/ (items from the blog http://www.news.com/otl/)
  • author:”Bill Gates” (items by author “Bill Gates”)
  • sourcename:”Boy Genius” (items from blogs with “Boy Genius” in the name)
  • title:unsubstantiated (items with “unsubstantiated” in the title)
  • date:10/20/07 (items that appeared on 10/20/07)
  • body:”severely polluted” (items with “severely polluted” in the body)
  • date:[10/1/07 TO 10/20/07] (items appearing between 10/1/07 and 10/20/07)
  • link:http://ma.tt/2008/01/act-two/ (items linking to http://ma.tt/2008/01/act-two/)[SEL]
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