My wife is back in town, so expect my blog post volume to plummet as I regain a life. My family is coming in for Christmas next week as well, and (I’m just guessing here) they’ll want to talk to me and visit, not just watch me type on a laptop.
My favorite post over the last couple days is from Pandia, entitled “What we want from Google this Christmas”. It’s addressed to “Santa Brin” and talks about 15 things they’d like from Google. A couple of the requests will never happen; on #7, we slowed down external PageRank updates because if you do them more often than every 3-4 months, SEOs pay too much attention to the PageRank bar, and not enough to the over 100 other factors that go into our scoring. But several items really resonated with Googlers here. My favorite part is the tone. Per and Susanne don’t slather on praise or criticism. They just mention several things that they as intelligent people would like Google to do. As I hope I’ve made clear, it’s great that people care so much about search that they’ll give us constructive advice for free.
Adam Lasnik said it best when we were discussing Pandia’s list: “I found myself nodding my head several times in agreement.” I think I can take care of one of them right now: #16, a Google travel mug. Per or Susanne, if you leave a comment from a new, unique email address with “DO NOT APPROVE – THIS COMMENT CONTAINS THE SECRET ADDRESS OF PANDIA HEADQUARTERS” I’ll ask Adam to take care of it.