jsherloc - 6:42 pm on Feb 2, 2012 (gmt 0)
Holy crap, stuff like this is seriously scary...good lord. I was reading up about this happening to SEVERAL folks, more so recently as others have mentioned.
I don't understand how a company can have an entire department(s) to optimizing and grouping accounts for webmasters (adsense, wmt, analytics, etc), but those same tools offered by the company could possibly DIRECTLY tank your web properties when used together if you perhaps start ranking for "good" keywords with several different sites using those Google tools.
And all of this could then be occurring outside of the fact that your sites could very well be the "relative" best results for those specific search queries? What if you have teams of writers and want to cover different personal angles/approaches in a specific niche by using different websites? Things just get more clear every day in the internet marketing world I tell ya.
@Panthro, I'd probably agree with you judging by some of the things I am seeing lately