TheMadScientist - 8:16 pm on Feb 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
mromero I think they're completely separate on this one.
I had someone test the share button on the site (I don't have it on FB yet) and FB changed the title too, but they changed it to a previous version (I'm assuming they had cached) not the Google version.
These guys are twiddling their dials so much I am getting dizzy...
Yeah, and unlike most of us who would make changes by hand so we know if the change makes sense they insist on doing everything algorithmically, so they really have no clue about what should / needs to be changed and what should be left alone.
It's almost like they have a creativity penalty...
Oh, you found a way to make a short, understandable title, or a really descriptive one people click on as Sgt_Kickaxe talks about? Well, we can't have that; you must conform and if you won't write a generic keyword title for your page that looks like everyone else's in the SERPs then we'll automatically do it for you...
I don't know why either of them feel the need to change the title and description of a page, personally.
Edit got too Ranty (lol): Actually, I don't mind G changing the description too much, because when you rank for a large number of queries you can't include all the words you rank for in the regular one, and I could even give 'em the titles on the inner pages of larger sites where everything that's on there won't fit in it, because I can see where this would help with the long-tail when a page ranks for 5 or 6 or 10 four word phrases, but the Home Page? Come on guys ... Keep Your Algorithms Off It! Please.
As far as FB goes, people aren't searching for anything when they view a profile so they really have no clue if the description provided matches what someone might be looking for or not, and personally, if I share something or tell someone about something, it should be fairly implicit I liked what I saw, so why mess with it? It could be with mine they had the older title cached and will show the newer one next time, but who knows?