While the rest of the world was distracted by the launch of Chrome, Sugarrae aka Rae Hoffman – definitely a woman who “pulls rank” – was covering the nofollowing of links over at Twitter at the behest of Google.
Her argument is powerful and once again challenges Google for pushing sites to do what they want. As she asks:
“If Google is the one who wants that web link nofollowed because some twitter profile pages may be automated bots or spammers, then it is time they realize that THEY are responsible for determining which of those individual pages is authoritative, trusted and legitimate enough to pass link popularity, by a method other than demanding that other websites and social networks change the ways they do business to help Google stop links being used as a form of currency and to manipulate their algorithm – an issue Google and Google alone created and profited from.”
This should be read by everyone in our industry. Leave the shiny new browser alone for a few minutes and see where our futures are going. Thanks for not being distracted by Chrome.