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Hidden YouTube JavaScript within Google News results

8:50 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Our site is a contributer for Google News and I've been tracking our articles by doing a search of "site:example.com". While counting the links, I uncovered some unused JavaScript in the Google News code. It seems to indicate the possibility of YouTube results mixed within Google News results.

After searching major YouTube news contributers (BBC.co.uk, VanityFair.com, NewYorker.com, etc), I haven't located any examples of this YouTube script in action. When called, it creates a div for what looks like a full sized YouTube player. Has anyone stumbled onto a YouTube video/link within Google News?

Another interesting note: When you sign up for a new YouTube account, you're given the option of merging your Google account, including Webmaster Tools info. No word yet on the benefit.

[edited by: tedster at 9:44 pm (utc) on May 12, 2008]
[edit reason] switch to example.com - it can never be owned [/edit]

12:40 am on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This is actually happening today, see [googlenewsblog.blogspot.com...]
7:51 pm on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Very cool, thanks. After reading the above blog, I had to search far and wide to find an example of a YouTube video in a news listing. Either no one is successfully optimizing their YouTube postings, or Universal Search has become even less indexed than before.

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