TheMadScientist - 12:54 pm on Mar 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
It's amazing to me how the sentiment about Google has changed right here in these forums over the last few years ... I really think the turning of webmasters away from Google is probably the beginning of their decline back to 'reasonable market share', because we have a HUGE amount of word-of-mouth reach and influence as a group, and my guess is some are starting to use it ... I think one of the biggest mistakes they've made along the way is for their rep(s) to stop posting here ... Anyone else remember GoogleGuy? I used to think other reps that 'copied' or 'mirrored' the his user name were completely lame, but now I'm happy to hear from any of them ... When they dropped webmasterworld.com from their 'posting list' it took away all the "we're hearing you" feeling we used to get when something changed and we didn't understand why, because even if they didn't fix everything or reply to every post, at least they took the time to try to explain and even gave us a way to provide feedback on more than one occasion, but now we rarely get even a courtesy 'fly by' ... Even though I didn't get hit by the Panda Farmer Update and don't believe their 'exception list' is a 'white list' or even 'essentially the same' as a 'white list' I can certainly understand the negativity in their direction ... They totally dropped one of the largest (if not the single largest) webmaster forums on the planet from their 'important list' and I think someday their going to look back and realize we dropped them right back...