gada.be Resurrected from Google

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If you blinked, you missed it – although some people were quite taken with the “Google removes gada.be” issue. David Naylor wrote something about it initially, and I figured it was just a matter of time before we'd have to face that kind of problem. Easily fixed, easily solved. To tell you the truth, we were getting good traffic from Google – but there have been plenty of other search engines treating gada.be well, too. Since spammers ruined the idea of keeping subdomains permanent, we had to change our strategy slightly – not a huge deal. You can still perform your gada.be queries the “classic” way (with the query as the subdomain and the category slug as the initial directory), but everything ultimately redirects to a regular ol' URL. It was fun while it lasted, but at least the core functionality is still intact!
A few people were pointing their fingers and laughing… which is quite indicative of the blogosphere as of late (quick to criticize, unmotivated to assist, etc.). But both Danny Sullivan and Google's own Matt Cutts were quick to help upright the waterlogged canoe.gada.be. We leaped back into Google's index within the past day or so, although I know most of our traffic will come when we introduce user accounts and… other things that'll make it much more than a simple megasearch. ;) Certainly, what you see today is a mere splinter of what we plan on creating for the desktop and mobile world. Oh, and bloggers, too. If we're limited by anything, it's time and developers…