Google Sitemaps in its Beta version gives an opportunity to present site’s pages to Google in XML or text and than google will crawl and spider the pages getting you indexed faster. So, it seems!
Sitemaps made easier for a novice to be self SEO. Just Log in, follow the instructions and upload a file to verify. No hassles. The Site overview shows the stats of your site with top search queries n clicks, errors of your pages like the 404, cache pages, indexed pages, linked pages, related pages, info google has about your pages, etc. More, it shows Crawl Stats like the pages crawled, page rank.
So, if you have a website or a blog, here is Google Sitemaps for you : Google Bot sees you! Log in and follow the steps. Be your own SEO!