Googlebot submitting Flash forms
I’m sure this is old news by now, but here’s one more data point.
As it turns out, XForms Institute uses an old skool XForms engine written in Flash, dating approximately back to the era when Flash was necessary to do XForms-ey things in the browser. The feedback form for the site is, quite naturally, implemented in XForms. Submissions there ultimately make it into my inbox. Here’s what I see:
Tue Jan 31 12:19:22 2012 22.214.171.124 Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8B117 Safari/6531.22.7 (compatible; Googlebot-Mobile/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)
An iPhone running Flash? I doubt it. That’s quite an agent string! Organic versioning in the wild. -m