Google announces sitemaps, ping beacon

Google today unveiled , a way for webmasters to let Google know about the files on their site as they are published. Webmasters can create a XML file describing the files available on their site and ping Google or simply ping with the location of a RSS or Atom file with each update. You can sign in to your Google account to add and track sitemaps.

Update: User-Agent seems to be new: “Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +” coming from

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