Google Indexes my Groceries – Crawling the Real World

200801041747Paul Ford’s prediction of an August 2009 Googlebot is coming true:

A patent application filed by Google (NSDQ: GOOG) with the World Intellectual Property Organization in June 2007 and published on Thursday points to more sophisticated search techniques.

The filing suggests that the privacy issues raised by Google Maps Street View will only get more complicated, that YouTube searchers may one day be able to conduct keyword searches for text captured on video, and that Google searches may one day return a list of products on local store shelves.

This might make sense. A mini google crawler bot (ALA an iRobot) might be practical (tough a bit strange).

I’m not sure I’ll want to implement anything similar in Spinn3r any time soon but who knows.



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