Darren Rowse has a post calling Twitter out for “selling links” today and suggests they might be at risk of a Google penalty.
On the site it links to (Current.com) it says that Current and Twitter have “teamed up” – so it looks like some kind of “partnership” but that doesn’t really explain it fully.
Now I’ve got nothing against Twitter monetizing with advertising, but I’d love for them to disclose whether that is actually an ad or not. If it is – they might want to “nofollow” it or they might just find themselves penalized by Google for trying to game them (or for helping someone else game them at least).
In over 40 comments at Problogger everybody has blindly agreed with Darren. Nobody has pointed out that these links only show to logged in users. This search shows that the only mentions of the linked phrase are in status updates – Google never sees the actual advert.
Unless Google has set up a Twitter account and started logging in to the site then Twitter isn’t at risk one little bit.