Cutts in 2008
1972/1973 (age 41–42)
|Alma mater||University of Kentucky (BS '95)
UNC-Chapel Hill (MS '98)
|Known for||SafeSearch, Google’s family filter, Webspam Team|
Cutts received a Bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Kentucky in 1995. He went on to receive a Master of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998.
Cutts started his career in search when working on his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In January 2000 Cutts joined Google as a software engineer. 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. Before working at the Search Quality group at Google, Cutts worked at the ads engineering group and SafeSearch, Google's family filter. 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.
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.
Cutts has given advice and made statements on help related to the use of the Google search engine and related issues.
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.
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 to spend more time with his family and try new things, including a half ironman race. Upon joining Google Matt agreed with his wife to work for 4–5 years and then spend a period of time together. Fifteen years later, Matt made the decision to do so.
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