I've been waiting to try Sphere for months, what seems like forever (see my past posts here, and here.) Well, my wait is over.
Sphere is opening the gates a bit wider after being in closed beta for what seems like forever. Typepad today announced a new "widget gallery" to add features to your TypePad blog. You should go check out TypePad Widgets. I wish blogger had something similar. Kudos to Six Apart for the innovation. What immediately got my attention was the Sphere Blog Search widget.
Michael Arrington, from TechCrunch, posted a link to a Blogger, Ouriel who put up the Sphere widget on his TypePad blog. Cool!
If you do a search and click "more results" you are directed to a sphere search results page. Now feel free to try out the beta -- without an invite! I'm still a little sore that after signing up for the beta mailing list after hearing Mary Hodder's UC Sims presentation and never hearing anything back. But, hey its out there and I can use it... which is great! More info/review coming soon.