| 9:56 am on Jul 1, 2008 (gmt 0)|
| 5:09 pm on Jul 1, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Oh gaaaaawwwwwkkkkggggrrrrrrrrppphhhh! Please tell me we're not headed for millions of heavy, browser-busting, fancy-pantsy flash sites that do a song and dance before delivering every ... tiny ... piece ... of ... information ... re---ques---ted.
Revenge of the Designers, Episode II.
| 8:42 pm on Jul 1, 2008 (gmt 0)|
According to the Adobe page [adobe.com] "Google is using the optimized Adobe Flash Player technology now, so users will immediately see improved search results".
I'd say results are mixed at best:
Indexing (as text) html and other code that is extracted from flash executables? Yuck.
| 1:23 am on Jul 2, 2008 (gmt 0)|
For the present, I'm very guarded about this idea. Some day the Flash results may be just peachy keen - especially if Adobe introduces technology that allows search engines to send clicks to some inner moment of the flash movie where the relevant content can be seen immediately.
But for now, it sounds to me like we may be in for trouble - just as we are seeing trouble from the "creative" spidering of forms with GET requests.
I'm considering whether to advise clients not to allow spidering of their swf files, at least for now. It may be prudent to wait and see how this plays out for a bit. It just gives me the heebie-jeebies.
| 4:13 pm on Jul 3, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Oh boy, here goes round two of what PageRankô was when first released. Text Links? Nah, I'll take an embedded Flash link any day! That's the next underground wave of link manipulation right there.
Its unfortunate because technology has made leaps and bounds beyond many in the Webmaster Community. You have to wonder just how many freakin' exploits this is going to open up. If we thought IE was a haven for all that crap, move over MS, here come Adobe and FlashTrash.
| 7:55 pm on Jul 7, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I'm curious if you have any more info on this Tedster? We are currently writing up white papers on SEO best practices and there is a conflict within the office that the <swfobject> may or may not block the Search Engines using this Technology from being able to read the content, dynamic or not.
Thanks for your input
L8r - Saxman
| 8:15 pm on Jul 7, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I much prefer that fullest scenario. I don't really want to see search traffic sent directly to an swf file, at least not until there is some kind of bookmarking available to get the traffic immediately to the correct frame of the movie.