Scrolling status bars used to be all the range in the 90s, I wonder how long until url hacks allow for scrolling address bars with this.
With Great Power, comes great potential for horrible, horrible abuse.
Of course, I had to try it out...
From the article:
* For security reasons, you can only change the path of the URL, not the domain itself. So you can change anything in the URL after my-domain.com/[change-the-stuff-here.html].
does this break real use cases?
Here's my wild prediction: 10 years from now, with the benefit of hindsight, we will trace the moment where Google's Page Rank empire started to crumble to the introduction of this html5 feature.
However, discovering this makes me wonder what other incredibly useful but as yet unknown html5 features are out there in the wild?
Also, Google is already promoting a convention for making the various parts of an AJAX application reachable via different URL-#fragments more easily crawlable. See:
A number of sites including Facebook have adopted this convention; app developers usually want to be found by search engines.
It's funny you mention Facebook. I would say Facebook's chief motive right now is to stop Google from encroaching upon their territory, so Facebook wants to put up as many speed-bumps as possible around Google. Basically that means keeping Google sandboxed—it's okay to let Google index anything they want and throw that up on an ordered SERP, but no way can we let them grow elaborate ivy APIs and web-based UIs around our walled-garden of user generated content. (i.e. Buzz.)
Given Microsoft's ownership and early partnering with Facebook, Microsoft and Facebook have aligned interests in keeping Google in the sandbox.