Monday, February 16, 2009

Me, quoted in The Christian Science Monitor??

Believe it or not, I was once quoted in The Christian Science Monitor. I was just doing a search (using Microsoft Live Search) for references to my name and "global warming" and one of the results was a 2002 article about the Microsoft antitrust trial in Washington, D.C., which I attended. Old memories. Nothing to do with global warming though. There was probably a link to an article on global warming in a sidebar of "Most Viewed" articles the last time that page was crawled by Microsoft's search engine.

Oddly, Google will not find that CSM page with a similar search. Yahoo finds in fine.

The problem may be that the CSM site does not have a valid robot.txt file. Microsoft and Yahoo probably continue to crawl, but maybe Google is being conservative and assuming that an invalid robot.txt file should be considered an exclusion. But, Google does index other pages on the CSM Web site. Interesting problem.

-- Jack Krupansky


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