Last night Danny Sullivan broke the news on a new free service Google is offering named Google Sitemaps. Simply put, this program allows "webmasters and site owners to feed it pages they'd like to have included in Google's web index." Danny Sullivan has been pressing Google about such a program since even before the Indexing Summit, where he repeated that many would pay Google for inclusion and reporting. So Google took Danny's advice, and built a "beta" version of a free program to submit your pages and some simplified reporting. For more information on Google Sitemaps from Google, visit Google Sitemaps Docs, and also see the Google Blog.
So what are the forums saying about this? Search Engine Watch Forums quickly got a thread up in which GoogleGuy and the new "SitemapsAdvisor" have been answering questions on this program.
Social Patterns has two excellent blog entries on this topic. First one is named Breaking Down Google Sitemaps XML and the second is named Google Sitemaps with Wordpress where he links to code you can use for WordPress blogs to generate a sitemap for Google.