Will The World End In 2012? Google Still Has No Official Position

By: Josh Wolford - May 1, 2012

Let’s assume that Matt Cutts speaks for all of Google. Ok, assumed. And as it turns out, you still shouldn’t look to Google for any predictions involving the apocalypse.

Back in March of 2010, the possibility of the world coming to an end in 2012 was already a buzzed-about topic. So much so, that it even slipped its way into a question directed at Matt Cutts as part of the Google Webmaster Help series. James Slater asked Matt if Google thinks the world will end in 2012.

Matt’s official response: “I believe Google has no official position on that.”

And as we quickly approach the end of the Mayan Calendar, it appears that his response hasn’t changed. Slater followed up with Matt Cutts earlier today, wondering if his two-year-old response was still accurate on Twitter. Here’s the new response:

@jamslater I’m sticking with my answer :) 23 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

For their part, NASA does have an official position on the matter:

Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.

Worldwide, a recent poll showed that one in seven think that the world will end in their lifetime, and 10% linked that feeling to the whole Mayan calendar deal. As of now, Google’s lack of position is understandable. If you start seeing a direct answer in search results like the mock-up above, then it’s probably time to panic.

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  • Simon C

    World will not end, but many scams like fiat currency banking may collapse.

    Money will get re-defined as promise to deliver energy. This is the right definition because life is manifestation of energy. Every living being needs energy to sustain, so energy is the universal currency.


    I am not too certain whether the world will come to an end on 21st December 2012 or not; the fact remains that majority of the man kind has not appreciated what has been provided to them by nature and as such there may be a punishment of a minor scale in order for mankind to correct itself at least at this stage. If mankind does not learn from this jolt which will be happening, there will be no future solace. As mankind would have then dug it’s own grave.