I really feel like they just turned on us. They used to be a pretty good company.
I have stopped working on all my websites. I have spent six months working my backside off adding new content, changing anything I thought may upset google, adding authorship etc., and it did absolutely nothing. So if I'm going to go bankrupt, I may as well do so reading a book &/or looking for a job, not slaving away on the sites. Where's the incentive to add new content?
I'm thinking of doing away with the Google authorship tool too. I felt like I had sold my soul to Google when I did that, but was prepared to do so if it meant more traffic. It's made absolutely no difference at all. I am sick of giving everything to Google on a platter.
I also feel they've mis-represented themselves. They have said they're trying to clean up the internet, while hitting good sites. You just have to look in this forum to see how many of us are working our butts off to make Google happy. When the reality looks like it's not actually about us and our sites doing anything wrong, it's about Google pushing paid advertisers and their own products. We're all chasing our tails for nothing.