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'Published Google Docs' Become Crawlable in Early October

     
4:32 pm on Sep 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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In about two weeks we will be launching a change for published docs. The change will allow published docs that are linked to from a public website to be crawled and indexed, which means they can appear in search results you see on Google.com and other search engines.

Please note that this only applies to docs which you explicitly publish using the 'Publish as web page' or 'Publish/embed' option, and which are linked to from a publicly crawled webpage.

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4:39 pm on Sept 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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This change will make published Google Docs crawlable - not only by googlebot but by all spiders.

The link above also give instructions on how to "unpublish" those docs that you don't want to see in search results.

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you know... this made me feel butterflies in my stomach :p

This is going to open up a whole new can of spam worms!

5:42 am on Sept 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You just knew this was coming...
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If you're quick, i'm sure some of us will find it a useful tool. ;)
3:28 pm on Sept 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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All those 'privately' stored CV's being found and used to create new identities ... he he he !
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If you're quick, i'm sure some of us will find it a useful tool. ;)

Where's that copywriter when I need her :P

2:48 pm on Sept 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It sounds like a sensible idea. Let's say I'm a professor of widgetology at Harvard, I've written a 20-page academic paper about prehistoric widgets with Google Docs, I want it to be searchable. Would I rather:

(1) Link to the article on Google's server from my widgetology blog, or...

(2) Copy the article to another server (such as my university's Web site) and link to the document there.

Option (1) is quicker and easier, and I'm likely to prefer it if I'm more interested in writing about prehistoric widgets than in messing around with a Web site. (Readers and researchers are likely to prefer it, too, if it means I'll be quicker to make the paper available to them.)

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signor_john and why can't they just use like blogspot or wordpress or some other free hosting service like godaddy with a WYSIWYG website builder? This seems to be a major invasion of privacy for a ton of people. People are generally stupid and not technically savvy... few will know how to opt-out.
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i would imagine that most companies would baulk at the idea of allowing their employees to use google docs, if there's the possibility of them forgetting to tick the right box and the data going public.
the fact that it's free won't change their minds.
looks like microsoft office is safe for the time being.
 

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