My life has been a dream journey. From a little boy growing up in the Himalayas dreaming of the Star Trek computer, to an immigrant who came to the United States with two suitcases and not much else, to the person responsible for Search at Google, every turn has enriched me and made me a better person.
As I entered the fifteenth year of working at Google, I've been asking myself the question, "what would you want to do for the next fifteen?" The answer has overwhelmingly been: give back to others. It has always been a priority for me to give back to people who are less fortunate, and make time for my family amidst competing work constraints--but on both fronts, I simply want to give and do more.
Now is a good time to make this important life change. Things are in amazing shape. Search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day.
It fills me with pride to see what we have built in the last fifteen years. Search has transformed people’s lives; over a billion people rely on us. Our mission of empowering people with information and the impact it has had on this world cannot be overstated. When I started, who would have imagined that in a short period of fifteen years, we would tap a button, ask Google anything and get the answer. Today, it has become second nature to us. My dream Star Trek computer is becoming a reality, and it is far better than what I ever imagined.
I love Google. It is a company that believes in doing the right thing, a company that believes in doing good in the world, a company… that cares. I look back at my time here with a profound sense of gratitude that I was a part of building this. Now, with pride, gratitude, and joy in my heart, I need to define my next fifteen years. I am eager to see what kind of impact I can make philanthropically, and of course, to spend more time with my family--especially with my wife who I miss spending time with given our incredibly busy lives, and our son who will go to college soon, leaving an empty nest behind.
Feb 26 will be my last day at Google. My relationships are the most important thing I’ve accumulated in life and I’d love for that to continue. Please do drop me a line occasionally and we can have a cup of tea.
As Chief Si’ahl said “Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!” I am taking so many fond memories with me, and hopefully I’ve left a small footprint here.
The headline kicker says "links shared in social media," but the post says the "system is built on email communication" and "Google will be identifying content within the email to propose different topics/copy that the user will be able to post."
Is my conclusion correct that Google considers email = social media? Or that the author does?
I've been with the new Google+ for about a week or two now. I keep having Collections shoved at me. I find it hard to get to my feed or even to post. When I do, engagement seems way down than in the past. I also find it a pain to have to click and wait for the comment to open, if I want to review or respond to them.
I understand the reasons behind the Pinterestification of Google+. And no, I'm not saying Google+ is dead. But in terms of a place that I've found useful to share, yeah, that aspect is now pretty dead to me.
I'll probably still share a few things occasionally, but I don't see any reason to as much as I do with Facebook and Twitter -- Google+ itself has just changed to much for that to make sense.
From a brand perspective, I've long suggested that they make use of Google+ especially because of the personalization aspect that goes into search. But that's felt diminished over time. I'd still err on the side of caution that brands probably should share a bit, but it's so less compelling these days.
These types of posts tend to attract the Google+ loyalists who want to scream about how someone just doesn't get the platform or is doing it wrong. Blah blah. If you're one of those types, well, feel free to make the inevitable comment below.
I'll just say this is my perspective from someone who has been on the service from the beginning, who actually enjoyed sharing on the service for many years. I think Google gave it a good go as a social media sharing place in the spirit of Twitter or Facebook. They were just too established. The shift to Collections is smart. I'm not bemoaning or saying that it should somehow try to fight to bring the traditional feed back.
Really, this is just a reflection that the traditional feed here really has died exactly as was expected when changes first started happening last year.
Honestly, at this point, I wish they really would kill Google+ altogether. Get rid of the name. Spin out Google Collections on its own. Spin out Google Communities as its own. Finally bury the zombie that is Google+ with all the baggage that name carries and move forward without it
For one, we have a more Facebook type model of posts showing as followers log on instead of the useless model of "one must be on G+ when the post is made," I clearly see a larger audience and more interaction.
I have never like Communities, too me they never worked, and letting others post in them made for a trashy community or I spent large amounts of time moderating.
Collections on the other hand is wonderful, I have never had such engagement as G+ collections in any social media site.
To me collections is far better at targeting specific interests and followers are more engaged because they have a deeper interest in the subject, whereas communities brought in people with their own agendas.
Thanks for the post Danny.
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Danny began covering search engines in late 1995, when he undertook a study of how they indexed web pages. The results were published online as "A Webmaster's Guide To Search Engines," a pioneering effort to answer the many questions site designers and Internet publicists had about search engines.
Danny currently works as the founding editor of Search Engine Land and Marketing Land, which cover all aspects of digital marketing, search marketing and search engine news. Danny also serves as chief content officer of Third Door Media, which owns Search Engine Land, Marketing Land, Digital Marketing Depot and the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. Danny also maintains a personal blog called Daggle and writes CNET's Common Sense Tech column.
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