Suboptimal Authorship Example in Google’s Rich Snippets Testing Tool

As of 14 February 2013…

If you click the “Authors” option in the “Examples” dropdown on Google’s Rich Snippets Testing Tool



…you’ll see a particular Matt Cutt’s blog post used as the example. In the source on Matt’s page, that there is no rel=”author” markup (or use of the ?rel=author parameter):



Also, when you check Matt’s Google+ profile page, he has three links back to his blog.



Is this really a good example for Google to use to instruct new users on how to properly setup authorship? Also, Matt should also probably un-minify the source (even though that will result in a slower page-load-time) on that blog post to make it easier to comprehend his implementation.