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Google Robots.txt update: "CBK"

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

Saturday, June 9, 2007
12 years ago2,891 views

Google updated their robots.txt file, excluding the (currently not found) URL google.com/cbk

What could CBK stand for?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

It's related to Maps Street View.

The URLs look like this:
google.com/cbk?output=xml& ...
google.com/cbk?output=overlay& ...
etc.

Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

That's just Street View's backend.

Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

BTW, Immersive Media, the company behind most of th Street View images, announced a month ago in their press release:

"Immersive Media Corp. Continues Massive International Expansion with GeoImmersive™ Imagery Capture of Europe's Major Cities

Immersive Media Corp. (TSXV: IMC) (“IMC”), an advanced digital video imaging company, today announced the continued expansion of its GeoImmersive City Data project into Europe’s major cities. TX Immersive Ltd. (“TXi”), an IMC Certified Service Provider based in the UK, will be spearheading the initiative in capturing 360 degree georeferenced spherical video of major metropolitan areas throughout Europe including downtown cores, key points of interest, major intersections and critical infrastructure. The resulting imagery will be available for licensing and provides a complete, natural street level perspective for use in a variety of applications."
immersivemedia.com/details.php ...

I'm pretty sure Google will use every available Immersive imagery... I'd love to see my house there ;]

Zim [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Maybe CBK stands for Control Banks K (capital)?

Seth [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

cbk stands for "check back"

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

cstreet bview kimage

Inferno [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

May be it is a *C*ontact *B*oo*k*... Who knows but my instincts are telling me so. Though I don't trust it that much always... ;)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Could someone make a robot that only indexed disallowed sites?

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i mean pages

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

You could make that, but then people would start to get annoyed pretty quickly and ban the bot from their server, because it's against netiquette. It might be more realistic to say, release a search engine that ignores nofollow, because the acceptance of that is not so universal (actually, Ask.com already ignores nofollow...), or one that ignores the "noodp" meta directive and so on...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

James, I guess so. But you'd have to find links to those disallowed pages which you could then spider.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Cool. Like the reverse google.cn search engine you could have a reverse Google. Search pages people don't want you to see.

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