I sent a note to Matt Cutts earlier today, and to his and Google’s credit Matt wrote back. I’m not sure how much, if any of his note is appropriate to post here. For the time being let me say this:
I think Matt is a good guy. After the great Google fuck up of 2006 was (mostly) squared away, I offered to send him a copy of one of our films, just so he could see what the hubbub was about. Matt said that while the offer was tempting, he’d have to decline. He didn’t want to raise even the possiblity of the hint of conflict of interest. As angry as I was when I woke up this morning, I was not, and am not angry at Matt.
I am still angry at Google. The keywords/pagerank stuff is frustrating, and it costs us revenue. But this Google Suggests thing goes deeper. The half of my mother’s family that didn’t emigrate to the US is gone. Extinguished. Reduced to ash and carried away by the wind. Seeing that Google’s world is big enough to include [stormfront] in their Google Suggests feature, but they can’t find a seat at the table for [comstock films] or [tony comstock] literally makes me shake with rage. Naturally I am keen on hearing an explanation.
Apologies to Matt for jumping the gun with my earlier post.