Reno - 2:05 pm on Jun 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
It took them 3+ months to admit it.
MC may be a fine fellow, but his job is to spin, and he's very good at it, so when he and other Google engineers came out immediately after the Panda release with their self congratulatory PR, it was clearly formulated to create the impression that this was the "latest & greatest" from Mt Olympus. They had not even gotten in widespread worldwide data when those positive pronouncements were in the press. They understand, as governments understand, that you must get out early & often to create the first impression, whether it's true or not.
I feel for people who have devoted dozens or even hundreds of hours in an effort to restore their websites after the Panda slaughter. It looks like some or even much of that may have been in vain. Many of the veterans at this venue gave very good advice right from the git-go ~ "sit tight, let it play out, and don't over react". I've not recovered, but on the other hand, I haven't wasted days/weeks of my life either. Glad I listened to them.