Hey everybody, I talked about my travel plans earlier this year and wanted to give you a quick update. I’m staying at home for SES NYC 2007, still planning on taking a fair chunk of May off, and planning to hit the Search Marketing Expo (SMX) conference in June.
Why am I skipping SES NYC? Well, the main reason is that my inlaws are visiting, but I also want to crunch on some stuff at work and make sure that things are in good shape for me to take time off in May. It doesn’t hurt that the conference will be very well-documented by Barry Schwartz and his crack team o’ conference bloggers.
The final reason to stay home this time is that one of my 2007 goals is to get more Googlers in the spotlight. Here, go read this article if you speak French. Now my high-school French is a little rusty, but I see the words “Matt Cutts” in that post a lot. For example, take this fragment:
Les algorithmes de Matt Cutts rentrent à l’intérieur de nos bibliothèques, peuvent même vous servir à indexer votre disque dur. Matt Cutts sait tout ça.
Automated translation tools render that as
The algorithms of Matt Cutts return inside our libraries, can to even be used you to index your hard disk. Matt Cutts knows all that.
The only “algorithms of Matt Cutts” that I’ve got tucked away is stuff like how I brush my teeth. It’s not good to confuse “Matt Cutts” with all the amazing work that other Googlers do. Even in just webspam, I’m fortunate to work with a talented team of incredible individuals. For example:
- Brian White is spending six months in Dublin to work more closely on webspam in Europe, and he’s working with an amazing group of people in Dublin.
- Adam Lasnik spoke at a webmaster conference in Australia earlier this month. Barry Smyth, the show director, said “I think Adam was on stage for about 4 hours straight.” And Adam just got done talking to webmasters at SES Munich. He was joined in Munich by Stefanie, who has been crucial in introducing the Google German webmaster blog. (I’ll be talking more about international webmaster communication more soon. Consider this a teaser.)
- Aaron D’Souza just got back from speaking at a different webmaster conference in Australia and is speaking at ad:tech San Francisco soon.
- Evan Roseman will be on panels and gathering feedback at SES NYC 2007. Evan also represented Google at SES Chicago last year.
And that’s just a sample of publicly-known people from the quality group who are working to improve quality or improve communication offline and online — there are a lot more people behind the curtain. That also doesn’t even begin to count the hard-working people of the webmaster console (Vanessa Fox, Amanda Camp, Peeyush Ranjan, and lots more), or the people who keep an eye on Google’s discussion groups, the folks that post on our official blogs, Shuman talking about invalid clicks, or the Google Reader team listening to feedback and responding.
There are so many more people behind the curtain at Google who live and breathe search or who want to help our users (or the world). If you get to know some more Googlers throughout 2007, that will make me happy. So if you go to SES NYC, find Evan Roseman from my team, tell him hello, and then tell him what you want to see Google working on.
P.S. I think the French article requested to hear more about my cats and the books I’ve been reading. I will try to oblige with some posts along those lines.