I received a friendly email over the weekend from a reader.
The email had the subject line that read, "for Barry" and the message read:
You miserable prick. You continue your Google ass-licking as Google boots everyone of us from SERPs. I shall spit on your face next time we meet. Panda and Penguin are designed to hurt non-advertisers and help brands.
I get these types of emails every now and then. In fact, one person threatened to meet me at a conference once and make me pay for whatever I did to them.
This email form was sent via the IP address 22.214.171.124, which is somewhere in Sweden. I've been to Sweden about 8 years ago, so I don't think I know anyone there personally.
Anyway, I apologize if people take the stuff I read the wrong way.
I honestly find it funny because Google thinks I hate them and give them a bad rap in my stories. Then I have SEOs complain that I suck up to Google. Does someone who suck up to Google write this? I think not.
But what you wrote is down right wrong, nasty and clearly insensitive. I just wish you would tell the community who you really are instead of just hiding. Oh, and I welcome you to spit in my face, since you do not have the courage to stand up for what you believe publicly.
Every now and then I show some emotion when I write, some of the readers here ask me to. Thing is, I am so not fired up when writing this now, but I think it gets the point across.
Forum discussion, well - no where - so comment here.
Image credit to ShutterStock for spitting angry people