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Matt Cutts has confirmed yesterday on Twitter that a new Twitter account @GoogleWebspam is an official Google account created by a member of his own team; Google Webspam Team. (http://twitter.com/mattcutts/status/1643891008)

A previous text on the Bio of the account informed Tweeps that they are welcome to report spam via DMs.

I’m glad to see Google Webspam Team following the digital developments and making itself available on Twitter for webmasters, publishers and SEO/SEM folks.
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from trontastic 1940 Days ago #
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The jury is still out for me as to how good this really is. I’m curious (Matt, if you’re listening...), will this only be used as a conduit for us to report spam or will the team actually push out relevant updates to the ever-present fight against spam?

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from Halfdeck 1940 Days ago #
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As far as I can tell Google is just claiming that account to protect its brand.See http://twitter.com/mattcutts/statuses/1649591707

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from Harith 1940 Days ago #
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@HalfdeckBut you forgot to mention the most important part of Matt’s statement "Still pondering" :-)

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from Halfdeck 1940 Days ago #
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"Still pondering" as usual is just Matt’s way of keeping a back door open. :) Maintaining that account I’m guessing would require - A googler to tweet regularly, esp. about spam-related things - a topic Google doesn’t really want to talk too much about, so the tweeter would run out of things to say quickly.- monitoring of DMs that aren’t verified i.e. lower quality than reports submitted under Webmaster Tools. Also I imagine Google prefers spam reports consolidated into one channel instead of managing spam reports submitted in 3+ places- monitoring of @reply streams since ignoring them completely would make Google look bad.Spam reports in webmaster tools is already working pretty well. There’s also already plenty of communication from Google re: Google-compliant web practices. So I don’t see any real need for Google to invest any energy into this twitter account.

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from Harith 1940 Days ago #
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@HalfdeckFrom the three point you mentioned as argument against reporting spam via DMs on Twitter, I can conclude that you are underestimating the capacity of Google and its WebSpam Team. The main issue here is; would Google webSpam Team be capable to adopt to the new era of social media, or just keep doing the same thing as before ignoring major developements and trends on the net.In fact @mattcutts has very simple easy decision to make. Should Matte expand the operation of his team to include social media as Twitter, or would he prefer to wait for his successor to do that later. A very easy decision to make, IMO :-)

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from Halfdeck 1940 Days ago #
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"just keep doing the same thing as before"Why fix it when it ain’t broke? :) Is Google capable? Sure. Should Google waste time and resources just to "adopt to the new era of social media?" Doesn’t sound too practical to me.

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from Harith 1940 Days ago #
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My friend, @Halfdeck"Why fix it when it ain’t broke?"Thats the traditional motto for people afraid of developments and changes. We wouldn’t have an iPhone today if we applied your motto to the classic phone :-)Google WebSpam Team need to accept and adopt to changes. 

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from MarkFulton 1939 Days ago #
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Here are 19 Official Google Twiter profiles - http://followlists.com/acn

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from Halfdeck 1939 Days ago #
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The iPhone adds value. A Google twitter account is redundant :) See there’s a difference.

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from brian 1939 Days ago #
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FYI, here’s a group account that has all kinds of Googlers, not just webspam team:  http://twitter.com/googlers

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from seoseoseo 1939 Days ago #
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Thats one twitter account you DON’T want following you!

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from MattCutts 1939 Days ago #
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Harith, Halfdeck makes some good points. There’s some logistical aspects (the account would need to autofollow or else you couldn’t DM private reports), which opens up issues when e.g. auto-following was recently restricted. Plus it invites a conversation (which can be time/cycle-consuming) compared to the web form. And there’s always the question of taking on additional channels that are more 1:1 vs. efforts that help lots of people (e.g. videos). So we’re still thinking about it.

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from Harith 1939 Days ago #
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Hey MattThanks for feedback and your time. Very kind of you.I understand and trust your judgement in this issue and glad to hear you are still thinking about it :-)

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from mahi 1936 Days ago #
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hey thanx

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