Guess how Googlebot for smartphones sees this page ... :-/
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- Well done.
But with an unintended side-effect.
Effectively Google democratizes the banning to ALL smart phones. ;-)
Showing GoogleBot something different does not solve this in the long run, because Google's algorithmic intelligence can zero-out also politically motivated cloaking. :-)Apr 14, 2014
- "Showing GoogleBot something different does not solve this in the long run"
And makes it even worse. You've gone from <incompatible on some browsers> to <proactively cloaking>.
"sorry to say, but this is what I get on an iPhone when I visit Google Night Walk"
Chrome Web Store also shows the hand to other browsers. (Came up on Twitter recently https://twitter.com/addyosmani/status/454167633601261568 /cc ).Apr 14, 2014
You are absolutely right.
A more subtile variant of this is how many websites want people to use their smartphone apps. A good example is G+ and Facebook, most built-in android browsers and iOS mobile Safari browser are less buggy than social network time-line and stream "smart" viewers.
The Google Crome Web Store provides access to Google Chrome specific apps, that do not run on other web browsers AFAIK.
Crafted to be "<incompatible on some browsers>".
I would even this consider as a type of cloaking.Apr 14, 2014
- Even though CWS doesn't support other browsers, it's still a public website, just like Play or iTunes' web presences. There are numerous use cases for checking out Chrome Web Store outside of the browser where you can install it. (I don't say "outside of Chrome" because it's also inaccessible from Chrome mobile.)Apr 14, 2014
Well, we are digressing from the original topic/question
how the GoogleBot sees such bad practices.
My guess is GoogleBot sees it differently. ;-)
The intent behind is often marketing but sometimes also for technical reasons.
( https://developers.google.com/app-indexing/ )
I do not see any good reason why to turn the open web into a landscape of walled gardens.
So we are coming again to the point does Google do it better?
Excluding without technical or legal reasons some devices or web browsers from accessing content on the web is evil!Apr 14, 2014
- How is this any different from having the aforementioned site dictate how its users should access it?May 3, 2014