Google Bot now crawls arbitrary Javascript sites

Google Bot now crawls arbitrary Javascript sites.

I think we were all confident that the day would come where search engines would in fact browse our AJAXified websites, but it’s nice to see some logged evidence that we’re dealing with it today.

I recall the days when it was severely frowned upon when equivalent data was not accessible unless requested via AJAX. I don’t think those days have left us, but it’s safe to say it’s socially acceptable to require JavaScript, right? It could very well be that search engines will mature to consider the difference between browsing a site with JavaScript ‘enabled’ and ‘disabled’ but I can’t say for sure what the outcome could potentially be. Either way, it’s interesting to see and think about.