Matt Cutts has quite a following for a search engine engineer, and with good reason. He’s in a pretty powerful position, leading the webspam team at Google, and being a “Distinguished Engineer” at the company and all. When webmasters want to know why the things they’re doing (or aren’t doing) are affecting their search rankings, Cutts (either directly or indirectly) is often the first person they turn to for advice.
With this popularity, comes parody. Sure, we’ve seen the fake Matt Cutts commenting throughout the Blogosphere, pretending to be the real Matt Cutts, but other impostors are more transparent, and are clearly just having fun with no ill will intended.
Take, for example, this Matt Cutts parody video:
There’s a Matt Cutts parody account on Twitter: @rnattcutts. It’s been around for a while, and has amassed over 600 followers so far. It looks like the account started in mid April, close to Penguin time. Here are some of the tweets:
Team (WEBSP)AM-erica – Fuck Yeah!!!
Now I’ve taken away all your Anchor Text you’ve no choice but to create Great Content! Muahahaha!!
Remember to add all those 5 star Rich Snippets to your home page 🙂
SEO’s have you considered a career in PPC?
Popcorn’s on & time for me to settle down for my favorite soap opera’s – Hello! Black hat forums
@Twitter having Avatar issues – wouldn’t happen on Google plus!
Time for another day of wack-a-mole aka work!
@blekko if you hate our product!
@skrenta got any jobs?
Am I made of cheese? I drank so much Sprite at Fat Steve’s party last night I think I’m hallucinating
Ok, SEO’s what’s the weirdest thing in your office? Winner gets an unnatural link warning sent to their competitor of choice.
Does anyone fancy meeting up later for a nice long conversation about great content?
Woot!! Finally won the Banana cup on Mario Kart Wii. What are your greatest lifetime achievements?
Going to feed the Panda again soon, boys & girls. Would appreciate you load some crap content to your site ASAP
Sorry for the lack of tweets this weekend. I had food poisoning after visiting a restaurant with over 63,000 five star rich snippet reviews.
Listening to some Tupac whilst burning down Link Farms…. Gangsta Matt is in the Hiz-zouse!!
If I have to sit through another one of Sergey’s PowerPoint presentations I’m going all “Falling Down” in this goddamn place!!
God these SEO’s are bunch of whiny pricks
As I said, the account is not maliciously impersonating Cutts. The bio says: “I’m the head of the web sparn team at Google. I love fried chicken & hate anchor text (parody).”
Cutts tends to be a good sport about it all. Someone tweeted him a Google algorithm parody article about the “Scissors Update,” and he acknowledged that he has a pretty thick skin:
@cstechjoel if I had a thin skin I would have switched to a different job years ago. 🙂