Is Google Sick of Flash Web Sites? New Feature Encourages Users to “Skip Intro”
There’s long been a debate about the value of Flash, when it comes to search engine optimization. Personally, I have no problem using a small amount of Flash in any web site, it’s those pointless Flash intro screens that bug me. There’s nothing more satisfying than clicking "skip intro."
Apparently Google agrees.
At first glance, you might think it’s being triggered because it’s the only initial link on the Flash landing page. However, upon review of the actual web page, the link text actually says "Entrez"–it’s a French site.
This suggests that Google is algorithmically detecting homepages that are all Flash, and taking it upon themselves to help you skip the intro.
What do you think about this? Great for searchers, but taking liberties with a site owner’s right to display a page as he intended?