TheOptimizationIdiot - 1:12 am on Apr 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
...having the physical widgets on site might change the impression G or others have of the domain and site intent
I think that's a good and valid point.
I'm actually working with one and they own all 3, the .com, .net and .org and we've recently discussed making one "informational articles", another other "widget listings", and the other "social interaction" to keep from "fixing that which is not broken", and we should also be separating the "intent" each should be returned for at the same time, so:
One would be informational.
One would be transactional.
One would be socially interactive.
I personally think this a good separation and strategy to keep traffic flowing even if something happens to one of the domains for some reason. It also seems like it should help eliminate SEs confusion when user intent is involved in a decision on which to show in the SERPs for a specific query or query type.