t-online.de connects with bloggers!

The biggest German general interest portal t-online.de started to reach out to bloggers!

Since a couple of days there is a little Twingly-box with linking blog posts to the down-right hand side of each news article.

And there are a lot of top news to link to – from the smallest electrical driven car to name dramas and the latest gossip around the German football team in the World Championship to come.

So take the opportunity and be part of one of Germany’s largest websites – we hope you get lots of new readers by linking to t-online.de!

As for us, we are just very proud to support t-online.de’s social media strategy and look forward to a strong and successful partnership.

kino.de & video.de – Film-Bloggers’ Paradise

From now on the German movie and video portals kino.de and video.de connect with film-blogs!

kino.de (“Kino” = German for “Cinema”) is currently Germany’s biggest film-portal, providing you with all the latest details about movie releases as well as stories and facts about your favorite actors. You can also check what’s on in which cinema right now and discuss hot film topics in their community.

video.de is the little brother of kino.de and gives you the latest updates about new movies to be released on DVD.

So don’t be surprised to see traffic coming to your blog from these sites.

Embrace it and continue linking to these so that your opinion can be part of the latest movie- or DVD review!

If you are interested in showing up on kino.de or video.de, just don’t forget to ping us so that these two sites can find and display your reviews on their pages!

Welcome, Expressen!

Today we have the pleasure to give a very warm welcome to a longed-for addition to the Twingly Family!

This morning Expressen.se, one of the leading Swedish news sites with over 2 million unique visitors per week, launched Twingly Blogstream. And Blogstream can not only be found on Expressen, but also on their editions for Gothenburg and Malmö GT.se and Kvallsposten.se.
The content of Expressen.se seems to be engaging for many of us in the blogosphere. During the last month as many as nearly 3000 blog posts linked to Expressen.se.
So if you are one of these bloggers writing about your views on a story like this, don’t forget to “twingla” from now on and share your views with Expressen’s readers!

Read also Thomas Mattsson’s comment on “Bloggen om Expressen”, he is Expressen’s Editor-in-Chief.

Update: There is now also a nice Expressen-article about the Twingly launch today!

Extreme spam-free index makeover

Earlier this year we launched our spam-free blog search. Our algorithm for removing spam works amazingly well, while there still is a limited influx of spam but we can remove it very easily. Overall we have a very low level of spammy content.

Since launch we have improved the algorithm in numerous ways and now we are resetting the index to start over from scratch with the improvements in place. This means that for a period of time the spam-free index will be quite empty. It could take up to a couple of weeks before we hit the same numbers of approved blogs as before, so please be patient!

From then on, the index will grow to contain many more blogs than before. Approaching on the horizon is the point where the spam-free index provides enough coverage to make it the only available option for searching. The remake is one step closer to the end of the beta stage for the spam-free index.

If your blog was approved before it will “probably” be approved to the spam-free index in this update as well. Fact is, we’re going to index a lot more blogs this time so it’s a higher chance you’ll be approved. You can see if your blog is approved in your blog profile. If not, let us know!

Twingly launching out of Beta with new widgets for bloggers

All systems nominal. We are go for launch!

This morning, Twingly is live to the public audience. I’m proud and awed by the effort put down by our team up to this point, as well as a good darn grateful to all the beta testers that have provided feedback during the beta period. More than 3500 people have participated.

Twingly.com now covers over 30 million blogs all over the world but we focus on being number one in Europe, both regarding spam control and working with several different languages.

Since we are going public we are finally able to make our widget platform available for bloggers. You can create a widget out of any search result or pick one from the new blog profile page, see for example the profile for Engadget. You access the profile page trough the search result or by hacking the url. Find the widgets from your own blog or use a widget for another blog if you like. You can actually hack any search query into the widget, which is truly powerful.

But this is only the beginning as we’ll make more and more kinds of widgets available. So please participate in working out the Tech plan!

BTW, there is some functionality that is only provided to registered users, but the registration is completely painless and instantaneous. More specifically:

– Participating in the Tech plan
– Voting up posts in the search result (liking posts)
– Sending feedback (so you wont have to enter your contact details every time)

The user registration will be the basis of a lot of things to come, claiming your blog will allow you to control how it is presented on Twingly. Please note that using the widgets does not require any kind of registration!

Key functionality on Twingly.com:

– Spam free search
– Social search. The users enhance the search results by voting on posts they like. Bloggers enhance the search results by linking to posts they like
– Subscribe to search results by RSS and alerts via email
– Language functionality: Translation of search results and filtering based on language
– Twingly widget platform. Parts of Twingly.com can be incorporated into blogs
– Hot Right Now. Overview on hot topics in the blogosphere
– User directed development through a tech plan open for voting.

All in all, thanks to all that have participated in the great effort leading up to this point.

Now, lets get to work with the next big thing in blog search.

We’re launching Twingly.com in private beta

Today we launch a next-generation blog search engine at Twingly.com. Participate in the invite-only beta by getting invited or signing up at beta.twingly.com. So what’s cool with the new Twingly.com?

Spam free, social search
Twingly takes a zero-spam approach to blog search using an algorithmically expanding white list instead of the traditional blacklist. Powerful moderation tools allows us to win the fight against spam by one-click removal of clusters of tens of thousands of spam blogs. Fat tail manual moderation yields quality input to long tail algorithmic filtering.

Social search features allows users to share quality content with each other and the community as a whole.

Powerful search language and tech plan Digg

Twingly provides the world’s most powerful search language for blogs, where search filters can be combined in new ways.

But we’re not done by far! Participate in voting on our tech plan by signing up for the beta. JSON api? OPML import or APML export? Help us decide what’s next!

Techcrunch post is here and Techcrunch UK here.