Google partners States for Public Information Search
The Googlebot just got bigger. Question is, does it have teeth? is it more like a Labrador or a Pit-Bull, both have ravenous appetites, but only one bites?
Google has announced a new partnership with the US States of Arizona, California, Utah and Virginia that will see public information and data from all 4 State Governments indexed and available via Google.
To quote Search Engine Journal (source) quoting Google:
These partnerships developed as both Google and officials with the four state governments recognized that the public is increasingly turning to search engines like Google to access government services, but that a significant share of the information on state agency websites is not included in its index of information sources on the web.
As a result, many online government services can be difficult for the public to find.
According to SEJ, the States will be using Google’s Custom Search Engine.