For years, I’ve been able to convince web designers not to design using Adobe Flash. I personally believe that web sites built entirely in Flash make for a poor user experience, but I’ve been able to play the "Google can’t index Flash" card as a cover-up for my dislike of Flash. "Don’t avoid Flash because I say so, avoid Flash because your web site will be invisible to Google."
It worked like a charm. That is, until now. Google just ruined the web.
Thanks to Adobe’s new Searchable SWF library, Google has announced a new indexing algorithm that is able to crawl and index the content of Flash files.
The Google Webmaster Central blog answers questions on the new algo, the most important being: