Blog Posts tagged search engines

Robots Exclusion Protocol leaves ACAP dead in the water

By Paul Watson on .

In my first post on this blog I wrote (critically) about ACAP – a thoroughly wrong-headed attempt by some publishers to enforce stringent limitations on the way search engines index the content that publishers make public on their websites. Today ACAP is completely dead in the water. Google,…

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Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google

By Paul Watson on .

There’s already been a lot of comment about Microsoft’s recent hostile takeover bid for Yahoo (not least from Google itself). Google’s objections are based around arguments against Microsoft’s monopoly (hardly a threat when Google’s share of the search market is bigger than Microsoft’s…

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Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP)

By Paul Watson on .

OK, well I’ve spent some time reviewing this new specification. It’s a mixture of a couple of useful new qualifiers to the old robots.txt standard and a lot of anally-retentive control-freakery written by people who still don’t get “the internet”. The good points: Extends robots.txt…

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