coachm - 1:03 pm on Oct 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
Still, there are plenty of businesses that have jumped on the authorship bandwagon--sometimes in ways that are ludicrous, such as the hotel booking site that stuck authorship markup on a vast number of boilerplate hotel pages a while back. "Authorship abuse" is likely to be a bigger annoyance for Google than lack of interest by businesses.
yes, silly indeed. I can't see how companies that do these kinds of silly things would benefit by using the tag, EVEN IF Google ends up using it to give additional SERP credibility by using the tag in ranking. So, the way I see it unless I'm missing something, it's not even an annoyance. One can try to game the system using authorship tags, but if it doesn't work, who cares?