Users of Google Docs and Spreadsheets who publish their documents publicly might want to rethink exactly how publicly available they want these items to be, CNET reports: Soon, these items will be indexed so they appear in web searches. Google on Sept. 17 wrote in a blog post that "in about two weeks, we will be launching a change for published docs. The change will allow published docs that are linked to from a public web site to be crawled and indexed, which means they can appear in search results you see on Google.com and other search engines. … This is a very exciting change, as your published docs linked to from public web sites will reach a much wider audience of people." The blog post noted that the change only applies to documents explicitly published using the "Publish as web page" or "Publish/embed" option, and linked to from a publicly crawled web page. Some users of Google’s suite of online productivity applications expressed concerns about the plan, suggesting that Google should label potentially crawlable documents, spreadsheets, and presentations better. For example, how would you know definitively if a publicly crawled web page has linked to your published document? Is the only way to ensure that your published document does not ultimately show up in search results to actually unpublish it?
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