Our Valentine's day gift: out of beta and adding comments

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Here at webmaster central, we love the webmaster community —and today, Valentine's Day, we want to show you that our commitment to you is stronger than ever. We're taking Webmaster Tools out of beta and enabling comments on this blog.

Bye, bye beta

We've come a long way since our initial launch of the Sitemaps protocol in June 2005. Since then, we've expanded to a full set of Webmaster Tools, changed our name, listened to your input, and expanded even more. 2006 was a year of great progress, and we're just getting started. Coming out of beta means that we're committed to partnering with webmasters around the world to provide all the tools and information you need about your sites in our index. Together, we can provide the most relevant and useful search results. And more than a million of you, speaking at least 18 different languages, have joined in that partnership.

In addition to the many new features that we've provided, we've been making lots of improvements behind the scenes to ensure that Webmaster Tools are reliable, scalable, and secure.

The Sitemaps protocol has evolved into version 0.9, and Microsoft and Yahoo have joined us in that support to provide standards that make it easier for you to communicate with search engines. We're excited about how much information we've been able to learn about your sites and we plan to continue to develop the best ways for you to provide us with information about individual pages on your sites.

Hello, comments

Our goal is improved communication with webmasters, and while our blog, discussion forum, and tools help us reach that goal, you can now post comments and feedback directly on this blog as well. This helps you talk to us about topics we're posting. We want to do all we can to encourage an open dialogue between Google and the webmaster community; this is another avenue to do that.

As always, if you have questions or want to talk about things other than a particular blog post, head over to our discussion forum. You'll find our team there often, answering questions and gathering feedback. And if you haven't already, check out the "links to this post" link under every post to see other discussions of this blog across the web.

Thank you, webmasters, for joining us in this great collaboration. Happy Valentine's Day.