3rd September 2008

Twitter Reciprocity

I’m sure the millions of readers headed my warning about Twitter caving to mattcuttsean-like pressures and nofollowing everything on your profile back on 7/22/08. So this is no surprise to you, but twitter has finally pulled the plug on that loophole.

The web educated amongst you will add twitter.com to your well maintained nofollow reciprocity list in your plug-ins I’m sure.

As pointed out in my original post, I still find it incredibly stunning that @mattcutts offers @ev advice on furthering the nofollow carnage while ignoring the actually helpful advice that would #1) decrease their server load, and #2) decrease Google’s own crawler load.

I guess we’ll see who twitter is more interested in pleasing, it’s users by reducing the server load with a simple url canonicalization fix or Google with their cure-all rel=”nofollow”, by which is fixed first.

I’m not sure if it’s because lcase() is so hard for them to implement or that bowing to Google’s pressure is more important for the eventual buyout price, but their problems persist, now with the added benefit of HTTPS versions! Nice.

As always and of course follow me on Twitter I’ll follow you back if you #1) update regularly and #2) don’t use it primarily as a bastardized IM service with too many ‘@’ twits.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 at 4:36 pm and is filed under Google, Matt Cutts, Webmastering. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. All comments are subject to my NoFollow policy. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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  1. 1 MyAvatars 0.2 On September 4th, 2008, Data Entry Services said:

    Thanks for the heads up. I never did anything with Twitter but will be sure not to.

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