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Google Makes User Profiles Indexable at Gstatic A few days ago, Google added a link to a Sitemap XML file in their robots.txt. The Sitemap is hosted at gstatic.com (I wonder why?) and contains links to long lists of public Google user profile URLs.
Posted by Alma Whitten, Director of Privacy, Product and Engineering Peter Steiner’s iconic “on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog” cartoon may have been drawn in jest--but his point was deadly serious, as recent events in the Middle East and North Africa have shown. In reality, as the web has developed--with users anywhere able to post a blog, share photos with friends and family or “broadcast” events they witness online--the issue of identity has become increasingly important. So, we’ve been thinking about the different ways people choose to identify themselves (or not) when they’re using Google--in particular how identification can be helpful or even necessary for certain services, while optional or unnecessary for others. Attribution can be very important, but pseudonyms and anonymity are also an established part of many cultures -- for good reason. When it comes to Google services, we support three types of use: unidentified, pseudonymous and identified.