Leosghost - 8:14 pm on Mar 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
So if you are accusing me of that, you can go to hell because I don't appreciate your underhandedness. ;)
Btw..I wasn't accusing you :)..Merely making a general observation..during the last 7 days ( for reasons not at all to do with this thread ) I have had occasion to visit the website photo galleries of many USA SEO companies, and many of the Search Engine "events" photo galleries..
I quickly noticed that it was always the same faces, always photographed with their "ertswhile competitors" ( other bloggers , other SEO site owners etc )..and always if possible photographed with Matt or another Search Engine luminary ( but Matt is in more of those galleries than any other SE person )..all very very "cosy"..and all showing prospective clients or other webmasters "look who we know" ..Most guest on each others blogs, most are linked to from each others sites or blogs..
Most apparently know Matt..based upon the photos..
Objectivity can hardly be easily when one is used to socialising and sharing drinks and polenta with the person whom one is quoting, interpreting, translating..
Which is why in the political field..reporters do not normally mix socially to that degree with those whose words they are reporting.."conflicts of interests" ..the exception to this unwritten rule of the press being "court reporters"..who depend on their proximity for their readership..and who can be counted upon to be "kind"..
re "the update"..I think it is in the interests of many of the above group of "privileged ears" ;) to blow up the importance of Matt's words on this ..and to reinterpret it and dissect it for as much "clickbait" ( and possible client acquisition..or "courtiers" cred" ) as can be milked from it..
The actual truth and import, will be seen in the serps ..over the next quarter at least..or later quarters, if the time line attributed to Matt is to be believed..