Wait, Google Is Responding To Algorithm Criticism Behind A Paywall? by MG Siegler on Jul 15, 2010 The New York Times ran a controversial op-ed piece yesterday entitled “The Google Algorithm.” Basically, the piece wonders if the government shouldn’t step in to control the way Google tweaks its search engine results. Obviously, Google is going to want to respond to that. And now they have. Bizarrely. Marissa Mayer, Google’s Vice President of Search Product and User Experience, has written a post for the Financial Times today. Okay, normally Google responds to these things on its own blog, but whatever, that’s not that strange. What is strange is that it appears the post is a whole two paragraphs in length. That’s because it’s actually behind a paywall. Yes, Google is responding to this important issue behind a paywall? Of course, Google offers a way around it thanks to its search results, but stil, why do that? Why not just put the post on their own blog which is open to all? Update: An earlier version of this post noted that Mayer’s post was all of 2 paragraphs long. That’s not the case — it’s simply because the post is behind FT’s paywall (which FT oddly didn’t bother to mention anywhere on the page). We’ve updated the wording to reflect that. Wait, Google Is Responding To Algorithm Criticism Behind A Paywall?