Yes ... I'm still pro Google because I have good reason to be. That doesn't mean that I am not thrilled that MSN has jumped into the frey. More traffic is more traffic and makes me very happy!
It doesn't mean I don't feel for those of you who are suffering right now. I know how devastating this experience can be. However, huffing and puffing and throwing out meaningless threats does not solve your problem.
It has already been suggested that you start sharing observations and trying to figure out what may be happening. But I can't stress enough that it is still too soon to tell! The data centers still haven't settled.
Many times! Just look in the archives for "Florida" and you'll read several, very similar threads. Google likes to shake things up every now and then lest webmasters become complacent. We have to be ready for it.
I can only hope my competitors feel the same way as you and block Googlebot! :)
Never going to happen, unless of course you want to lead the parade and we'll see how many follow. :) Its best to face the facts. See what happens in the next week or so and then get down to some serious analysis of what has transpired and try as a group to figure out how to "fix your sites".
That's why I am still a little nervous myself ... despite great rankings and even better referrals. Usually, by this point GoogleGuy has chimed in with at least a couple of comments. His lack of participation makes me think something could be very wrong with the algo and that nobody is safe. :(