Msg#: 3920376 posted 5:25 pm on May 26, 2009 (gmt 0)
This question has come up several times - and Google reps have confirmed what others here have said. In order to transfer PR there must be a hyperlink. A plain text url might be used for discovering that the page exists - but it sends no juice to that page.
Msg#: 3920376 posted 2:08 am on May 27, 2009 (gmt 0)
Interesting you should mention that g1smd. I noticed that too... with the addition of some links from indexed .pdf documents noted by Google, one of which was from a well know publishers of educational resources, listing a page on my website alongside a couple of big business names in my field.
I wouldn't like to speculate how such links might affect rank... but I was delighted with the recognition for an article that I'd written.
[edited by: Asia_Expat at 2:09 am (utc) on May 27, 2009]
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 5:56 am (utc) on May 27, 2009] [edit reason] edited specific [/edit]
Msg#: 3920376 posted 3:53 pm on May 27, 2009 (gmt 0)
By the way, inherently, plain-text documents (including traditional Usenet posts and emails) can never contain actual hyperlinks (even if the client software transforms plain-text URLs into hyperlinks, client-side, they are still not real hyperlinks).