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Another denial about Google Toolbar


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GoogleGuy Says

PostPosted: July 16, 2003 3:20 PM 

Importance: Medium

Again, GoogleGuy denies that Google spiders URLs found via the Google toolbar, despites claims of proof from other members and the operator of the forums.
GoogleGuy Says: [Link to quote]
Brett, I'll stand by what I said in message #13 of that thread (and later posts):

I'll say it again. :) I don't think our privacy policy prevents Google from doing this, because we are allowed to use anonymous user data to improve our search, but installing the toolbar didn't make googlebot crawl your page. See http://www.google.com/webmasters/3.html#B6 for some of the typical ways that urls leak. Other ways include people guessing urls, network/DNS setups, etc.

My teacher called this "post hoc" logical fallacies ("It rained after I washed my car, so washing my car must cause it to rain!"). One of the reasons I'm here is to dispel myths; if people still want to believe myths after I've dispelled them, that's their business. ;)

Fearless, just to be extra clear: we don't do this. My personal opinion is that our privacy policy would let us. But as of right now, if someone tells you that the toolbar caused their page to be crawled, they're mistaken. Hope that's definitive enough for ya? ;)

P.S. While we're on common myths, advertising on Google doesn't cause sites to show up in the index either.

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