As Google becomes more mainstream you hear random people in coffee shops, the grocery store, church and even kids in elementary school talking about Google’s updates.
Google’s head of search, Amit Singhal, tweeted early this morning that he was at a local Starbucks and overheard a conversation that proved to him that Google’s latest updates were doing their job.
Overheard next table at Starbucks, “With Google Panda and Penguin our tricks don’t work.” Glad they didn’t recognize me.
— Amit Singhal (@theamitsinghal) May 31, 2012
Search Engine Journal has a story from Glenn Gabe where he shared his experience talking to a classroom of 13 year olds in a local middle school. He discussed how Google works and even talked about the Penguin and Panda updates.
After his presentation he received a package of letters from some of the students with notes about his presentation and what impact it made on them. He quoted some for everyone to see:
I never knew much about blogs and how writing has to be high quality on the internet. I learned that it is extremely important to write effective information on the web, or it will be wiped off the internet by Pandas.
What I found really interesting was the use of Panda and Penguin algorithm updates by Google. I also learned that just because a website ranked #1 in Google doesn’t mean it’s there because of how reliable it was, but because of their money.
I found Amit’s and Glenn’s stories as a sign of the growth of the SEO industry and how significant SEO, Google and search is in every day life for every day people.