indyank - 3:45 pm on May 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
"Unpleasant" is a very soft term to describe it. It is good to know that the site serving 403 to Google Web Preview bot has been untouched so far, not even panda.
Yes google can lay down terms stating that you shouldn't show different content to users, googlebot and the web preview but can they lay down threatening terms, if a site owner blocks a bot that he doesn't want on his sites for whatever reason.It could either be a bandwidth issue or something else.
Blocking isn't the equivalent to showing different content. Today they are having a search bot, image bot and a preview bot.Tomorrow they may come up with many newer bots.But is one obliged to let all their bots hit the sites despite suffering bandwidth? If I don't want images in google image, I am going to block them and the same will hold true for the preview bot too. But if google is going to tie one thing to another, it is much worse than microsoft bundling a media player with Windows which EU doesn't want.