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Would it be possible to use the filename of the URL to get a better search engine placement?
For example instead of http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=8d171f41-51d7-43d2-81b6-9118777c7262
The only problem with that approach is that no two people could name their photoynths or panoramas with the same title. It would even preclude creating two synths with the same title on your own account. You could argue that each person who made an identically named synth or pano could just get a number added to their URL like so:
but that's honestly just as ugly.
Also consider that if you change the title of your synth, it would change the URL to the synth as well, meaning if you had posted a link to the old URL before (especially some place that doesn't allow you to edit your posts) the link would either break or take people reading the old post to whoever's synth used that title now.
Don't get me wrong; I'm not a fan of GUIDs in URLs, but these are just a few of the problems with using titles as URL strings.
As it is, if you use 'photosynth' in your query as well as a few words from the synth's title, search engines do a pretty great job of pulling up the synth and you can see they know what the title is, etc.
Here's a sample query for one of my synths:
In Bing: http://www.bing.com/search?q=photosynth+orbital+propulsion
In Google: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&biw=1659&bih=921&q=photosynth+orbital+propulsion&fp=d57fa4d55e4b4d9a
I suspect if you're having trouble seeing your panos in search results, it's only because they're so new - at most a week and a half old. Search engines sometimes only refresh their cache of a page every two weeks. If, after New Years Day, you still aren't seeing good results for your synths or panos, then perhaps something should change, though I don't know that it will be the URLs.
I see you've added tags on most of your work so far, so that should help with SEO, as should the geotag, I would think.
Hang on... if you click the URLs to Bing and Google in my last post, they won't take you to the correct place. If you copy them from the end backwards and paste it into your address bar, that will work, though.
I think I can make things a little simpler, though. Hang on...
Here we go.