Posted by jonathan at 1:02pm EST on 10/22/2007
So there have still been some things on my mind about paid links and that whole situation. I thought, “what better way to get some answers then to e-mail Matt directly for some feedback.” I was completely mistaken when I thought, for even a second, that I would get a real response.
I just received this e-mail, here is what it says…
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What did I write to Matt? Here is the e-mail that I wrote to him…
From: Jonathan Dingman
Subject: Paid Links
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 14:24:42 -0400
It’s been a pleasure to meet up you with the few times, but I have a
question for you.
There are thousands upon thousands of sponsored links out there. Why is
Google trying to fight the battle that is useless?
Let’s take a look at this example:
Those are essentially “paid” links, but Google isn’t doc’ing them for
the paid links. What makes them “better” to avoid being banned or
penalized for “paid” links?
I’m eager to hear your thoughts Matt.
So what am I to conclude of this? Matt doesn’t care about responding to e-mails, even if he has a “gazillion” e-mails. I’ve sent countless e-mails to Adam Lasnik and other Google employees and they have been more than happy to respond to them, but not Matt, no, definitely not.
When I met up with Matt at SES San Jose, he seemed like a cool guy, but I guess this proves my positive-assumptions wrong.
Update: Matt did respond so I know he’s not a robot. A fair enough comment as well. See below for his comment.