Watching my logs, I’ve been getting random requests from Googlebot for
index.rdf files on this site and others. It’s always in the root or in relevant subdirectories (usually
/blog or similar). All of these sites run WordPress, and I can promise there is no mention of or links to
index.rdf anywhere. This means Googlebot is guessing that these files will be there. Now I’ve come to expect random flailing for syndication files from Feedster and Kinja, but Google? Et tu, Googlebot?
I suspect this is a hint of something new coming, perhaps feed-aware search like Feedster or RSS links in search results like Yahoo. Maybe a Google-aggregator? Google BlogNews? I want answers! They’ve got some room on above the search box since their redesign, maybe the next item there will be a “blog” tab. (Of course since their redesign they aren’t real tabs anymore, a regression in my opinion. I think tabs are a very effective navigation metaphor and worked well for Google.)
Anyone have any clues, ideas, or notice something similar in their logs?