Google's Matt Cutts Says DuckDuckGo Maybe Not So Private?

Jun 20, 2013 • 8:47 am | comments (37) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

matt cutts pointing outMatt Cutts, Google's head of search spam, has a history of defending Google and pointing out misconceptions of their competitor, DuckDuckGo, on Hacker News.

He did so when talking about DuckDuckGo & robots.txt directives and he did so when talking about filter bubbles.

Next up, a new one talking about DuckDuckGo's traffic increases due to the NSA privacy concerns. The Hacker News thread has Matt (1) defending Paul Buchheit's slogan of "don't be evil" and then (2) saying he believes he say IP addresses in DuckDuckGo ads.

Matt wrote in the thread:

In the past I believe I've seen search ad links on DDG that included my IP address in the URL.

This is in response to a Bing ad deal DuckDuckGo has.

What is Matt insinuating back at DuckDuckGo? :)

I love this stuff but note, the animated GIF is not meant to mock, I wanted to find an image of Matt pointing something out and decided to go this route.

Forum discussion at Hacker News.

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Praveen Sharma

06/20/2013 12:54 pm

Matt is looking like a traffic inspector in the image. - Go Left... Go Left... This way.. :)


06/20/2013 01:13 pm

Matt is POS, paid liar for Google. Barry was right


06/20/2013 01:51 pm

Put him in a bright orange shirt and he could be directing traffic around a temporarily one-way road. ...although looking slightly more enthusiastic than the average stop/slow sign guy.


06/20/2013 02:03 pm

He's not a liar. He's a genuinely good guy who actually cares a lot for the ones in need. I also think that internally at Google he's lobbying for small businesses and against big corporates.

small webmaster

06/20/2013 02:40 pm

oh, matt cutts. Better not tell us how google using our ip addresses, with direct connection to prism. Sorry, but you not have any trust in webmaster eyes, all you do to penalize, stalinize, get rid of any privacy, like any dictator. You not index web, you adapt it for yourself.


06/20/2013 02:42 pm

nice joke. Him even have own paydayloans from mr cutts and promote it by black hat

Stephen Slater

06/20/2013 02:44 pm

The GIF matched up with the music playing in my Spotify playlist. Just so you all can join in the fun it was the song Short Skirt/Long Jacket by Cake. Thank this post and serendipity for making my day.

small webmaster

06/20/2013 02:44 pm

and all your videos, qa, etc only for one purpose to make visibility to webmasters what google "cares".


06/20/2013 02:54 pm

Not a joke.


06/20/2013 03:21 pm

Nice song choice. Jesus loves Cake!

Reg Hobbs

06/20/2013 03:36 pm

Matt Cutts is a little bias when defending Google and its' stance on search rankings.


06/20/2013 04:19 pm

duck you Matt!


06/20/2013 07:01 pm

I will open a French or South East Asian restaurant and it will be called: Duck You! We will serve nothing but beef and vegetables. Got a problem with that? Well, duck you!


06/20/2013 07:11 pm

Oh give me a freakin break, who doesn't track IPs? What a shocker, Matt siding with his employer? Everything Matt says is a juicy, giant piece of bologna that everyone wants to chomp on.


06/20/2013 07:42 pm

My GRank of Matt just dropped - he and Google used to enjoy a 9/10 but he's just dropped to a 7 and I've temporarily dropped the company he works for to a 0/10 because they're too black hat when it comes to law/tax. GOOG may have patented TrustRank but they don't have a monopoly on credibility.


06/20/2013 09:10 pm

Made me laugh :)


06/20/2013 10:16 pm

Tian, I hope you're right - I'd like to think so. It's getting harder and harder to take anything he says seriously though. They are talking about 'Alabanian services' while some would argue that Rome is on fire. It's a hard pill to swallow.


06/20/2013 11:04 pm

Exactly. I think IP addresses should be the least of anyone's concern. The amount of data that Google tracks is just mind boggling if you compare it to an IP address being tracked.


06/20/2013 11:07 pm

Ever heard of the saying "looks are deceiving"?


06/20/2013 11:16 pm

Search for payday loans on google, then search for payday loans on duckduckgo. I know which results i prefer.


06/21/2013 01:06 am

you preffer paydayloans from mr cutts?


06/21/2013 01:10 am

they even offer payday loans on google, and not hiding


06/21/2013 02:37 am

Let's say it in other words: he's a genuinely good and smart guy with great intentions but he chose a questionable path to win a war. A world war against professional spammers. Problem: Every war has fallen civilians and in this case, small business owners. Does Matt see it the same way? No! He checks countless of fallen civilians and they all have skeletons in their closets. Everybody has once build some links and everybody has some weak content. Problem: Spammers and scrapers know better how to build links and know better how to make/scrape good content. So what does Google: Kill everyone who is as good as the latest Spammers/scrapers and everyone below. Small business owners are below. The smarter spammers get, the more small business owners fall. In this scenario only spammers and corporates ultimately survive.

Jane Davies

06/21/2013 09:54 am

Really funny .. Love you matt


06/21/2013 10:56 am

The good thing is I don't need a payday loan. But I do shop online. Google has basically turned into a site search for Amazon, eBay and other "big" etailers for product queries where duckduckgo displays a diverse set of listings. Google has become rather boring for product queries because of this and many people are doing their searches elsewhere because of it. To get back on topic, I think Matt Cutts should quit trying to make their competitor look bad and focus more of his time on their broken algorithm. Duckduckgo is not the one working in partnership with the Feds. Matt's employer (Google) is.


06/21/2013 12:14 pm

Enjoy your DDG experience while it lasts. In my searches DDG and bing are horribly EMD-heavy. Probably what google was several years back.


06/21/2013 12:42 pm

If the IP is being tracked, then the rest of the info is also being tracked, just like Google but probably not as extensive of an index or as large a collection and storage capacity. DuckDuckGo needs to monetize their product, and that monetization is your data to advertisers... ...just like every other free service you are using online.


06/21/2013 04:19 pm

no I prefer duckduckgo's results, that search query on google is full of sneaky redirects. its a truly awful user experience, thats just one example.


06/21/2013 04:22 pm

I guess blackhatters won't particularly be aiming to be number 1 on DDG so their results for now remain unspoiled. I guess my point is that whatever google is doing, it isn't for the better.


06/21/2013 11:15 pm

Really? Ahh you've got so much to learn, but I don't have the time to teach you. Just keep believing that a company can collect as much data as Google just by collecting IP addresses. Here is a hint for you: Last time I checked, IP addresses are quite anonymous. Google's advantage has nothing to do with index or storage capacity. It has more to do with how Google is able to collect data.


06/25/2013 02:33 am

Poor guy Matt. I'm really sad for him. He is a nice guy working for an evil company.

Rudy Prasetyo

06/26/2013 01:20 pm

Google will bankrupt soon, because they legalize gay marriage!! The employees too money oriented and lot of them are atheist!

Dick Cavett

06/28/2013 04:56 pm

Matt has lost credibility; nothing he says can be taken at face value.

William S. Preston, Esquire

06/28/2013 05:02 pm

LOL! Pass the bong dude!

Thurston Howell

06/28/2013 05:06 pm

He's a filthy rich guy _promoting_ an evil company. He's defended IP theft, massive privacy violations, numerous anti-competitive practices, illegal drug sales, and every other evil thing Google has ever done. If Larry and Sergey beat an intern to death with ballpeen hammers, Matt would defend them by calling the intern a spammer.

Common Sense

07/16/2013 02:35 am

Ah, shut up, you lousy bigot! Go pound your bible up someone else's ass.


07/17/2013 03:40 am

Hilarious!!! Now go slide that cross into your tighty.

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