I’m thankful for family and friends and good health and so many wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of working with at Google.

But I’m also thankful for airplanes: “You want to see your family? It would take months to walk to them, but come sit in this metal tube and thanks to some interesting properties of physics, you can see them later today.”

And I’m thankful for the internet: “Oh, you can’t or don’t want to sit in the metal tube for hours? Press this button and you can see your family instantly from thousands of miles away. You can talk or just enjoy each others’ company.”

Our society and world still needs to improve in lots of ways, but I’m thankful for how far we’ve come in the last century, and I hope we can make things even better in the coming years.

11 Responses to Thankful (Leave a comment)

  1. Well said… Cheers from Canada.

  2. Yes. What i feel that these changes made in the last century. What about in this century i mean 21st Century? What will be in next 10 centuries? I hope that one day (should be in this century) we will be able to communicate with others without carrying those monsters devices like laptop, Mobiles etc.

  3. I’m thankful for people who can carry on conversations in blog posts with themselves.

  4. You are the man who taught us how to work and when to work, i think even spam world is also searching your update about when you will join Google.

  5. It is a fantastic time to live in, but we should also always remember:
    “With great power comes great responsibility” – Uncle Ben.

  6. One of the things I’m looking forward to most in the future are Vactrains. Then we won’t have to spend as much time in the metal tubes…

  7. Yes matt, you’re absolutely right. I think “we can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be dozen reasons why we ought to be thankful for. Even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” – Albert Barnes –

  8. Well said, I am thankful for the advances in more accurate search results and less time searching a million websites for the right one. Is google looking into VR or new AR options maybe VR browsing or searching options. I think this would be exciting to see in the near future.

  9. Yeah, that metal tube is great if your not scared to death of them!

  10. Hi Matt. First, I wish you all the best for your upcoming professional as well as personal life. I just want to share my feelings here not only with you but with everyone and let everyone know that what you did in the past was really incredible. You are just perfect in every aspect and obviously did your job quite well. I am curiously waiting you to rejoin Google. As a head of Google Web spam team, the task was never so easy, there was lot of responsibilities, a big industry and with a big company there was lot of things to do, but you did it and did the best.

    I am in the Internet Marketing industry for such a long time, so many times i got upset or became happy by seeing the status of so many websites. In past, everyone was able to do seo you know, someone who had knowledge of two or three basis techniques of seo was hired by a company on low salary, because at that time it was good enough to work out, doing seo was not that difficult, and for this reason there was no value of a person whatsoever.

    But I am thankful to you for the quality you make and thus value of a person was also increased. You make Google’s search quality more better and better all the time, and the whole credit goes to you only. I learnt a lot time by time as you updated things.

    Thanks Matt for everything, just come again with all of us. We all are waiting you to update some new things and techniques in Seo, so that we could learn some new things. From last several months I am inactive.
    Thank-You very much.

    • I appreciate the kind words, Deependra. On the bright side the webmaster communications team at Google continues to offer really solid advice on the Google webmaster blog.