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May 8, 2011

Google's Humans.txt File

Google has a robots.txt file that lists all paths that can't be crawled by Web spiders, but there's also a humans.txt file which tries to show that Google is not all about bots and algorithms.

"Google is built by a large team of engineers, designers, researchers, robots, and others in many different sites across the globe. It is updated continuously, and built with more tools and technologies than we can shake a stick at. If you'd like to help us out, see"

Google's Tim Bray linked to this text file and the Google Jobs Twitter account made it more popular.

YouTube's robots.txt file has recently added a humorous comment: "Created in the distant future (the year 2000) after the robotic uprising of the mid 90's which wiped out all humans."

{ via Blogoscoped Forum }


  1. Maybe fun to mention that the robots.txt quote comes from a Flight of the Conchords song:

  2. And what is the point of the humans.txt file?

  3. Encourage smart people with a sense of humor to join Google?

  4. It's for letting the world know which humans worked on a website.

  5. Always nice to see an unexpected Flight of the Conchords reference!

  6. Humans.txt wasn't Googles idea....

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  7. Always Nice to see.
    Zamre Bin Ab. Wahab

  8. Hey,
    I am learning Search engine Optimization and i have problem to understand the algorithm of google crawler ... something i understand about it is based on Probability formula

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