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Saturday, October 7, 2006 Doesn’t Want to Get Indexed

Social bookmarker, which was acquired by Yahoo a while ago, apparently doesn’t want their homepage to be indexed anymore – it includes the following line:

<meta name="robots” content="noarchive,nofollow,noindex"/>

Might be a glitch due to a global template change – while disallowing the indexing of sub-pages may be wanted in certain contexts*, it’s hard to imagine Yahoo also wants to remove the homepage itself from search engines. (I wonder if this will also kill their PageRank 8 in the long run?)

[Thanks Tadeusz Szewczyk for pointing this out!]

*E.g. Yahoo may not consider the subpages to be index-worthy (Google indexed over 3 million at this time), or they want to shine by being the only one to search through them.

Google Video Showcases UFC

Google shows off a UFC video and explains:

We’re friends, UFC and Google Video. And because we’re such great friends, we’re able to offer you two free UFC shows, exclusively on Google Video.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, though becoming more tamed throughout years, is one of the most brutal, no-holds barred fighting show on the scene, often clashing two completely different kinds of fighters/ fighting styles. Google’s video shows Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock and runs a little over 36 minutes.

Nudity Slips Into Google News

Sometimes, Google News is NSFW (as is this link).

[Image by Danny Sullivan, who has more, with some rights reserved. Thanks Manoj Nahar!]

Google Interested In YouTube?

AP says Google “is in talks to acquire the popular online video site YouTube Inc. for about $1.6 billion in cash and stock, according to published reports.” I’ve seen the rumors pop up before but being repeated at AP gives them some more credibility...

Just recently, Google Video was spotted experimenting with more YouTube-like, community-oriented features. If they do buy the site I believe it wouldn’t be for technical reasons, but indeed to aquire content & community. Then again, you can’t just buy a community...

The discussion started in the forum.

[Thanks Brinke Guthrie and Kent Dodds!]


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