Hey, I just logged into my GWT account, and it says Message Center in the upper right corner.
No messages for 67 sites; I guess no news is good news?
Help message says this:
The message center provides a way for us to communicate important information to you regarding your Google webmaster tools account and the sites you manage. Our intent is to make it easy for you to receive important information associated with your sites.
Now, if they'd just fix a few little itsy bitsy other things...
Today we're launching our Message Center, a new way for webmasters to receive personalized information from Google in our webmaster console. Should we need to contact you, you'll see a notification in your Webmaster Tools dashboard.
Initially the messages will refer to search quality issues, but over time we'll use the Message Center as a communication channel for more types of information.
Msg#: 3398646 posted 12:26 am on Jul 19, 2007 (gmt 0)
This is a good sign, and fulfills the wish for better communication between siteowners and Google techies that many of us here have been expressing for the past year or more. If the messages we receive have meaningful information about our sites -- and not advertisements/promotions -- then I will be the first to sing Google's praise. A positive first step ... now let's see how it plays out.