Sad to see Demand Media getting crushed in the market.

The Google Panda Update was handled horribly by Google, which crushed hundreds of good companies without warning. Google has to take more responsibility for how they deploy big changes.

There's no reason Google couldn't have had a "discussion period" (say 30-60 days), where they showed the Panda results at panda.google.com and had an open debate on if they were better or not.

Also, google should have a "search ombudsman" that discusses specific search results and trends in an open and honest way.

Google has not been a good citizen in the search space this year in my opinion. Of course, we lost half our traffic overnight and laid off 300 freelancers due to Panda--so i am not objective on this issue.
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