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Now that we've launched our Flash indexing algorithm, web designers can expect improved visibility of their published Flash content, and you can expect to see better search results and snippets.
Google Blog [googleblog.blogspot.com]
At present, we are only discovering and indexing textual content in Flash files. If your Flash files only include images, we will not recognize or index any text that may appear in those images. Similarly, we do not generate any anchor text for Flash buttons which target some URL, but which have no associated text.
Webmaster Central Blog [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com]
Still there's the problem of bookmarking the right spot in the flash movie. I'd hate to have to wade through a major Flash movie to find just the right spot to answer my search query. Will be interesting to see how this works out.
Also note - there's a parallel thread in our Flash Forum [webmasterworld.com].
Revenge of the Designers, Episode II.
joined:Jan 27, 2003
But for now, it sounds to me like we may be in for trouble - just as we are seeing trouble from the "creative" spidering of forms with GET requests.
I'm considering whether to advise clients not to allow spidering of their swf files, at least for now. It may be prudent to wait and see how this plays out for a bit. It just gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Its unfortunate because technology has made leaps and bounds beyond many in the Webmaster Community. You have to wonder just how many freakin' exploits this is going to open up. If we thought IE was a haven for all that crap, move over MS, here come Adobe and FlashTrash.
Thanks for your input
L8r - Saxman
I much prefer that fullest scenario. I don't really want to see search traffic sent directly to an swf file, at least not until there is some kind of bookmarking available to get the traffic immediately to the correct frame of the movie.