On Yesterday’s “This Week in Google” episode, host Leo Laporte talked to Matt Cutts about his current sabbatical from Google and his role as head of web spam.
After discussing what Cutts has been doing with his free time, including his recent Halloween costume efforts, Laporte asked if Cutts would go back to the same role at Google.
From Cutts roundabout response, it doesn’t sound like returning as Google’s head of web spam holds much interest for him:
Well, I really have been impressed with how well everyone else on the team is doing. It’s created a little bit of an opportunity for them to try new things, explore different stuff, you know, approach problems from a different way, and so, we’ll have to see how it goes. I loved the part of my job that dealt with keeping an eye on what important news was happening related to Google, but, it’s not clear that having me as a lightening rod for unhappy black hat SEOs, or something, is the best use of anybody’s time compared to working on other things making the world better for Google…so we’ll see.
Cutts said that Google has been really generous, and confirmed that he was extending his leave into 2015.
Cutts addresses whether or not he’ll return to the same position at Google in the following video around the 9:50 mark:
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