Earlier this week I found out that Gary Price is leaving Search Engine Watch to go to Ask as Director of Online Information Resources. Sounds like Gary will remain in D.C.; in his stead, Barry Schwartz is joining SEW in Gary’s place.
I remember one of the first times I sat down to talk to Gary and answer a few questions. I ended up with a full page of to-do notes. For example, why didn’t every airline flight as a query trigger Google’s flight status onebox? Good times. More recently, I remember listening to a Daily SearchCast where Gary was filling in, and Greg Boser called him one of the hardest working bloggers on the web. I could almost hear the hesitation in Gary’s voice; I could imagine Gary thinking “I’m not just a blogger! I’m a librarian and a consultant! I’ve co-written books about search. I call out useful information at ResourceShelf, including a mailing list! You’re calling me a blogger?!” But in the end, Gary just took the compliment in the friendly way it was intended, because Gary is a nice guy.
I recently read Scoble’s post that asserted that other search engines don’t get as much attention as Google. I hereby promise that I will talk more about Ask in the future, just because they’ve got Gary on their team now. Gary, I hope you’ll still rant at me when you spot problems at Google.