Something really rotten has been going on in the Googleplex of late that should be of great concern to all bloggers, blogging companies, legitimate SEO’s and other corporate entities that rely on Google for traffic alike. The head people at Google are not only friendly with content thieves and blog spammers, they are even meeting, and its all on public record.
The players in this affair: Google software engineer Matt Cutts, whose role with in Google is described by Search Engine Watch as being “on the front lines of Google indexing and quality control issues”, of which I can only presume he’d be dealing with attempts by people to manipulate Google’s search results. Throw in self-admitted content thief, blog spammer and all round “black-hat” SEO David Naylor, somebody who basically makes a living out of manipulating Google and using tactics that the vast majority of people would find highly immoral and in the case of content theft, illegal as well. It turns out, according to a post at Naylor’s blog, that the two are mates. Interesting in itself, but the plot thinkens, because you see not only are they great mates, but Cutts lined up a meeting with Naylor (and 2 others, who as far as I know are good guys, and I’m a big JenSense fan) with none other than the founders of Google Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
That’s right folks: while we are slogging it out, trying to do the right thing, creating real content, and earning a few dollars with Adsense that just happens to help Google’s bottom line, the two head guys from Google are having drinks with a comment spammer and content thief, somebody who has probably used Google’s Blogger for the creation of fake blogs in an attempt to manipulate Google’s search results, and one of the high up software engineers who is suppose to be working on making sure the bad guys aren’t rewarded in the Google search index is arranging it all.
Something rotten? who am I to suggest such a thing. I’d be interested in getting Google’s side on this one. So here’s the question:
Dear Google PR Department
Can you advise whether the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, are in the regular habit of holding private meetings within the GooglePlex with self confessed comment spammers and content thieves, and if so, will Google be taking on a new direction and dropping the “Do no evil” motto?
Speaking with the enemy at a conference is one thing, giving them free drinks and a private chat inside the worlds largest search company is another.