wheel - 2:15 pm on Feb 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
thegypsy, it may not have been ALL about the edu's. But the WSJ article seems to confirm that it was somewhat about that.
It shouldn't have been ANYTHING about the edu's. Because it was even a bit about the .edu's - something that most here would see as good marketing practices rather than against Google's TOS - we still have a clear example of Google hand manipulating the SERPS for their own purposes even when somethings within guidelines. Overstock got whacked because they were an embarrassement, not because they broke the guidelines. Any TOS they broke are now merely an excuse.
And all this, while I'm getting beaten in the rankings by article submitters. Unbelievable.
Personally I'll make even greater efforts to shield my site from other's eyes. Now that we know Google plays fast and loose with it's rules, any type of white hat that does any type of marketing online at all is in danger of being whacked at Google's leisure - even if they don't break the TOS.
Heck, I just paid $ to support a local education initiative that I'm fond of. They put up a list of supporters, with links, on a .edu. This clearly can get me penalized in Google. Un.freakin.believable.