Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Huzzah! Huzzah! No ODP! No ODP!

Fantastic news from Microsoft - they've introduced a brand spanking new meta tag. If you want to avoid their search engine using the ODP's summary of a clients site then roll in:

<meta name="robots" content="noodp">
<meta name="msnbot" content="noodp">

This week I've already seen Google describe the corporate website for the owners of the worlds only seven star hotel - as a type of ice cream thanks to the ODP. I've seen banks with incorrect names - thanks to the ODP. I've seen entire charities described as a cartoon - thanks to the ODP.

Hopefully Google and Yahoo will follow suit. Is Google typically quick to adopt a good idea? Sometimes. But look at RSS - took them a while there. Will Google want to support a MSN introduced initiative? Hmm. We'll see.