Just last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Google’s VP of Search Quality, Udi Manber. We focused our conversation on various aspects of search quality, Google’s algorithms, and Google’s development processes. Understandably, Udi was not going to provide a tremendous amount of detail about these things, because these are areas that Google considers a proprietary advantage.
Nonetheless, the conversation proved to be very interesting. For example, it was suggested that Google is looking quite closely at what can be done with a variety of social search inputs. Clearly, this is an opportunity for Google to leverage human input in a scalable way. It will be interesting to see what comes out of this investigation at Google.
Rather than tell the story here, just check out the interview.