Google blog post on thursday reported that it will be launching a change for published docs in about two weeks time, whereby published docs that are linked to from a public Web site will be allowed to be crawled and indexed by search engines. Google Docs and Spreadsheets users are hereby expected to set limit to how exactly public they want their informations.
However, Google noted that the crawling for search results will only apply to docs which you explicitly publish using the 'Publish as Web page' or 'publish/embed' option, and which are linked to publicly crawled Web pages.
Debates on Google's need to balance between transparency and data accessibility, had been recorded on certain quarters - notably, the online application suite users, concerned about the plan, suggesting better labeling of potentially crawlable documents, spreadsheets presentations and definitive info if a publicly crawled Web page has linked to a published document. The pros on the-other-hand been that published docs linked to from public websites will reach a much wider audience.
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