In Search Leaders, Bloggers Band to Fight Comment Spam, Susan wrote the following based on an interview with me yesterday:

He said that since Yahoo doesn't host blogs itself, the use of the no-follow tag would take time to make its presence felt in Yahoo's index.

I hope I didn't say it that way during our phone conversation. Whether or not Yahoo has a blog hosting platform has little to do with the way no-follow support will be reflected in the Yahoo Search index.

This isn't a big problem, but if anyone was wondering what the relationship was, I wanted to make it clear that there isn't one. The cause-effect relationship implied does not exist.

Oh, and I was amused that she called me "a Yahoo marketing executive" in the paragraph above that. Not that job titles matter, but it is the first time I've been accused of being something that important sounding. :-)

Posted by jzawodn at January 20, 2005 10:14 AM

Reader Comments
# Susan Kuchinskas said:

I knew that "marketing executive" thing would sound weird! The problem is, I work for one of those old-school "journalism" places, and one of our formalities is to put titles or descriptors after people's names. I asked your press guy, "I know Jeremy is too cool to have a title, but what shall I put?" and that's what he said.

Re the more substantive cavil, sorry, that was a shorthand version. The longer, more correct way of saying it would have been something like, "Because Yahoo doesn't host blogs, there are no blog users who will immediately see the effects of Yahoo's support of the tag. Meanwhile, the use of the no-follow tag would take time to make its presence felt in Yahoo's index."

My bad!

on January 20, 2005 10:36 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

More bluntly, the fact that Yahoo doesn't have a blog hosting service is unrelated to the rest of the discussion.

on January 20, 2005 12:06 PM
# /pd said:

Its ok Jeremy. Yahoo will soon have 6Apart correct ?? :)- So it really does not make a difference ... !!

on January 20, 2005 12:38 PM
# James Day said:

You're a technical evangelist.:)

on January 20, 2005 02:36 PM
# A writer said:

ha..i've quoted you before as have many other 'old school journalism places' and never had such a problem with your title. susan is obviously a moron, maybe you should just dodge her querry next time and save your breath (and energy) for a journo that has half a brain.

on January 21, 2005 07:53 AM
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