Robots.txt is a file that webmasters use to tell Googleâ€™s spiders what they can and cannot crawl through to index for search results, but for the curious, itâ€™s also a way to figure out what Google doesnâ€™t want the world to know about yet.
Thatâ€™s because Google maintains its own robots.txt file that prevents their new products from showing up in search results until they’re ready. However, they donâ€™t prevent you or I from taking a look at their robots.txt file and seeing whatâ€™s in there, which is exactly how Google Mobile LCB was discovered.
Google Mobile LCB appears to be a searchless search, where you put in your location, and Google automatically gives you various categories for things that are around you.
Though itâ€™s obviously not finished, the idea is an interesting one, and I think weâ€™ll see more and more programs become location aware as more and more cell phones come standard with GPS.
Are you ready to hack Google?