Google is losing Matt Cutts, the chief of the webspam team. Thankfully for the Internet giant, this will only last for a few months.
“I wanted to let folks know that I’m about to take a few months of leave. When I joined Google, my wife and I agreed that I would work for 4-5 years, and then she’d get to see more of me,” he explained the personal reasons behind the decision, mentioning that despite the promise, he didn't actually follow the plan.
Cutts will no longer be in charge of the webspam team starting next week until October, when he is scheduled to return. He will be leaving the group of engineering and spam fighters “in more-than-capable hands,” although he hasn’t exactly explained who’s the owner of those particular hands.
Taking the advice of a colleague, the engineer will also not be accessible via email at all during this time. “I will set up Gmail filters to forward some of my outside email to a small set of webspam folks, but they won’t be replying to emails,” he explained.
Instead, people looking to contact Google about search topics can visit the webmaster forums, Office Hours Hangouts, Google+ and more.
After nearly 15 years of working at Google, this seems like a well-earned vacation, even if it is on the lengthier side. Considering that he’s the one to take the brunt of people’s anger when it comes to various issues with the search engine and the way their sites rank in the results pages, it’s not exactly a surprise that he wants to take a break, promises made to his wife left aside.