Google Webmaster Central has just releases a tool that allows you to check your site's backlinks. Hows that different from the link: operator? Well, this one actually works!
SEOs have struggled for years to get good backlink information from Google. The link: operator only showed you a portion of your backlinks and was therefore completely unreliable. Now, through Google's webmaster central, you can get a near accurate backlink profile for your site. Matt Cutts says it's not 100% yet, but they are getting it there. He also goes on to stress that just because you see a link in your backlink profile that does not mean that said link is passing weight.
What I like about this is that the links are broken down by page. I have already used this to find a link to my site from someone that was stealing my content. In this case is was the only external link to a pretty odd-ball page on my site. I wanted to see who would link to there and much to my surprise my content and images had been stolen. That will be remedied quickly.
Finally, a backlink tool worthy of Google's name!
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