Barry Schwartz's Search Engine Roundtable reports an incident in which Matt Cutts is interviewed and the article contains a large number of followed links are included.
The interview is about what people use to perform their jobs and "get stuff done". Matt did not scimp on the tools, applications, hardware, sites, etc. that he uses. It is typical for interviewees to link out to sites they recommend and while this interview has a high number of links, did it break any Google rules?
The structure of the Usesthis.com is the same for everyone interviewed. Every post is filled with outbound links to various sites that people use to do get things done. The site is a community of mini-sites, all of which contain interviews with people from various industries and professions, asking them what they use to do their jobs. You can see some of them here.
As of today there are currently 451 interviews in 79 categories, mentioning 3900 bits of hardware and software.
When the interview with Matt Cutts went up, it received a backlash from people who called Matt a hypocrite for using so many keyword rich anchor text links in his interview and an affiliate link at the bottom linking to the hosting company.
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The affiliate link is not part of the interview. Rather, it is part of the site itself, put there by the site's owner.
Matt Cutt's takes a lot of abuse and is an easy target by those who dislike Google. He may open his mouth and insert his foot sometimes but we all do that.
In this situation, I feel that Matt did as he as was asked and, like the other interviewees, provided great leads on resources that many people may wish to try out. Keyword rich anchor text is necessary for user understanding for where the links go, despite the paranoia SEO's have about it.
The Usesthis website is an interesting concept. If it earns authority status, it may be a nice referral site in the social community space.