Matt Cutts, Google’s head of web spam, has remained relatively low key since taking his leave of absence. Cutts is back in the headlines this week with news about a public appearance he’s scheduled to make on January 8th.
As part of an alumni speakers series, Cutts is scheduled to speak at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this Thursday. The focus of his speech will be lessons learned during the early days of Google.
If you happen to be in the area and want to see Cutts speak, there are still some spots available to reserve here. It’s free to attend, and Cutts mentioned in a Google+ post that there will be time set aside at the end for questions and answers.
Matt Cutts took his leave of absence in July 2014, citing the need to spend more time with his family. It was originally thought he would be gone until October, but it has since been confirmed his leave will extend into 2015.
Usually not one to shy away from being in the public eye, Cutts has not made any appearances since taking leave. That makes his talk this Thursday something of a rare appearance and an opportunity to ask Cutts to divulge some info about what’s going on between him and Google.
If any SEJ readers plan to attend, please let me know. I’d love to hear what is said during his talk and what kinds of questions are asked afterwards.