This guest post is by Mary Leonardo
Mind what you say in Facebook henceforth as Google is coming up with plans to index your comments. After indexing these comments, Google will publish as part of its standardized search results. Google’s all seeing and all knowing search robots will help to decipher the comments even posted on a secret or private pages and make it available for public use.
These grand plans of Google are not only for Facebook but for any content that is accessible through HTTP post, but also for commenting systems like Disqus and other Java Script based forms and sites.
Earlier this year, search engine Blekko has started displaying Facebook comments in it’s search results.
For the readers, it means that their drunken stupor, embarrassing comments and most private discussions will be made public when their names are searched on Google. What worries most developers and the general public is that Google is no more of a passive crawler that snoops for data.
It is coming out with bold and new techniques to enhance the search results. Many developers are also worried that this new plan of Google will ignore technical specifications of HTML and fears are rife that this will change the entire web architecture.
Before jumping to any conclusion, one has to understand a few basic concerns with the new changes to search engine. GET and POST are two search initiatives a developer can access on the internet.
Bill in one of his previous post has also mentioned that how important the comments are when you are blogging for money and blog traffic.
A GET initiative will only read the data whereas POST initiative can not only Edit but also modify the content. Google currently allows only editing and opts for GET only. However, Google is now accessing POST pages as well and can modify the contents of the page.
However, such a scenario is highly unlikely as recently released press release from Google Web master says “Googlebot will perform POST requests when we think it is safe and appropriate”. There are some legal implications as well which needs to be addressed.
Further implications can be known when Google provides more information on the same.