Matt Cutts

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Matt Cutts
Matt Cutts in 2008
Born Matthew Cutts
Occupation Programmer
Known for SafeSearch, Google’s family filter, Webspam Team
recorded June 2013

Matthew "Matt" Cutts leads the Webspam team at Google, and works with the search quality team on search engine optimization issues.[1][2]


Cutts started his career in search when working on his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cutts got his Bachelor's degree at the University of Kentucky and Master's degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

In January 2000 Cutts joined Google as a software engineer.[1] At 2007 PubCon, Cutts stated that his field of study was computer science; he then moved into the field of information retrieval, and search engines after taking two outside classes from the university's Information and Library Science department.[3] Before working at the Search Quality group at Google, Cutts worked at the ads engineering group and SafeSearch, Google's family filter.[1] There he earned the nickname "porn cookie guy" by giving his wife's homemade cookies to any Googler who provided an example of unwanted pornography in the search results.[4]

Cutts is one of the co-inventors listed upon a Google patent related to search engines and web spam.[5]

In November 2010, Cutts started a contest challenging developers to make Microsoft Kinect more compatible with the Linux operating system. At the time, Microsoft had stated that the use of Kinect with devices other than the Xbox 360 was not supported by them.[6]

Cutts has given advice and made statements on help related to the use of the Google search engine and related issues.[7]

In January 2012, on the news that Google had violated its own quality guidelines, Cutts defended the downgraded PageRank of the Google Chrome homepage results noting that it was not given special dispensation.[8]

In July 2014, a statement was released on his blog by Matt himself, stating that he was going to take a few months of leave.[9] Upon joining Google Matt agreed with his wife to work for 4–5 years and then spend a period of time together. 15 Years later, Matt made the decision to do so.


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  2. ^ Ward, Mark (2004-06-08). "Inside the Google search machine". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  3. ^ Kaushal, Navneet. "PubCon – Matt Cutts Keynote". PubCon 2007. WebProNews. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  4. ^ 'Google': An interesting read on a powerhouse company, USA Today, November 13, 2005
  5. ^ Acharya, A., et al., (2005) Information retrieval based on historical data
  6. ^ "Kinect hacked days after release". BBC News (BBC). 12 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  7. ^[unreliable source?]
  8. ^ Arthur, Charles (2012-01-04). "Google shoves Chrome down search rankings after sponsored blog mixup". London: The Guardian. 
  9. ^ Cutts, Matt. "On Leave". Matt Cutts Blog. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 

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