Eric Enge has posted a new interview with Webmaster Tools engineer Maile Ohye. Some interesting tidbits, and as always with interviews, a sense of the mind-set inside Google.
Maile Ohye: If we are finding links within the Flash, we are actually pushing that back into our crawling pipeline. So, itís a full integration that really results in the user getting more accurate results and better titles and descriptions as well.
Eric Enge: So, will a link embedded in Flash pass PageRank?
She also shares other news and clarifies various other points. For example, Webmaster Tools now will send an acknowledgement message when spam reports are submitted through WMT. It might still be boilerplate, but it's better than falling into a black hole! And she also said that when a DMCA take-down is acted on, the site that is affected will get a notice through Webmaster Tools if they have a verified account.
Good read! I was not aware of the ability to use a RSS feed as a sitemap - so I set it up on a standard WP install, added my 'feed/' rss feed and Google then reports errors in my feed - has anyone successfully used this sitemap RSS method without generating errors? (Seems that G does not recognise the atom:link properly but I am no expert!).