According to an announcement by Google, they will no longer be using the Open Directory Project (DMOZ) title and descriptions as one of their sources of the search results snippets.

DMOZ was officially shut down on March 17th.  Since the directory isn’t being actively maintained anymore, Google decided that they would stop using the DMOZ titles and descriptions in the Google search results.

Occasionally, since 206 or so, Google would use the DMOZ description as a snippet n the Google results when it felt that description was more useful than what was available from the meta description or the site’s content.

According to Google, “[W]ith DMOZ now closed, we’ve stopped using its listings for snippeting, so it’s a lot more important that webmasters provide good meta descriptions, if adding more content to the page is not an option.”

What this means is that you won’t bee needing to have the NOODP directive on your pages any longer.  The directive told Google to opt out of using the DMOZ description, and since Google isn’t using it any more, that directive isn’t needed.

Google strongly recommends you read this document to help Google pick the best title and description or your search result snippet going forward.

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