The news that Adobe announced that Google and Yahoo are indexing SWF Flash files has overtaken the front page of Techmeme this morning. It is also the dominate discussion in all the major search forums.
In any event, Google and Yahoo is now able to crawl the textual elements within SWF files, including discovering links within those SWF files. The Google Webmaster Central blog discusses the details but here are the takeaways as I see it:
- They will crawl SWF files
- Only the textual components will be crawled
- FLV files are not crawlable
- Google may index the external files your Flash file calls and won't associate them to the Flash files
- Google has issues with some languages in Flash files, specifically Hebrew language or Arabic languages
Vanessa Fox at Search Engine Land has a really good write up as well on the news.
Forum discussion at:
- Flash to be made visible by search engines., WebmasterWorld
- Adobe Help Ses Index Flash, HighRankings Forums
- Google Announces Improved Flash indexing, Sphinn
- Google Now Crawling and Indexing Flash Content, Sphinn
- Google Now Crawling and Indexing Flash Content, Digg
- Google's New Flash indexing algorithm, DigitalPoint Forums
- Improved Flash Indexing for Google (and Yahoo), WebmasterWorld
- New Google Algorithm For Flash, Cre8asite Forums
Update 07/15: Google has reorted an update regarding how it handles SWFObjects.