1script - 4:29 am on Feb 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
If G has the smarts to do a intelligent - self learning algo - how come it didn't learn what people like and take corrective action filtering out the 'content farms' all along?
Hmmm ... Because it could learn a behavior from a click, but not the feeling about the result itself, maybe?
I guess Brett's point was that they already have all information in the world that can possibly be gathered about the way people react to web pages. There is NOTHING more that can be gathered in a scalable manner. TMS is correct that they cannot know people's feeling about the pages but that's just the thing: peoples' feelings are very unreliable. Something akin to interviewing eyewitnesses to an accident: everybody saw it but everyone's story is different. You don't really want to know people's feelings, you want to know more concrete data (evidence if you will), and Google already has it.