In case you haven’t seen it, Vanessa Fox has decided to leave Google. I’m really sad to see her go, but the work she’s done has really helped webmasters and Google. In the years that Vanessa has been at Google, she’s helped to launch and improve the webmaster console, communicate policy and get feedback with the outside world, and bring search engines together on the Sitemaps standard. She’s done a bunch of things to make Google a better company and search engine.
As a result of Vanessa’s influence, Google does a lot more webmaster communication than we did even a couple years ago, from conferences to blogs to user forums. I’ll miss her dearly, but the communication she began will be continued at Google. When I visited the Kirkland office a couple weeks ago, I was struck by just how many high-quality people the webmaster central team had. And as Vanessa mentioned yesterday, the team of people who communicate webmasters continues to grow.
Vanessa, thanks for all the wonderful things you’ve done at Google, and I wish you the best at Zillow or anywhere else you go in the future. Let me know if you ever need a glowing recommendation. Or I guess you can also just ping some of the tons of webmasters you’ve helped over the years.