tedster - 9:20 pm on Feb 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
We've got thousands of mostly negative posts here about the latest update.
That's a long standing webmaster tradition ;) Seriously, check out past major updates [webmasterworld.com]. If you only go by complaints, you'd think that Google should be on death's door by now. I can't remember any update where we were flooded with positive comments - and I bet it stays that way as long as I live.
I'll bet they would have been outweighed by positive posts had the job been done by a human.
The number of URLs and the number of unique queries that are in play today is immense. The scale of the job is extremely far out of reach for any manual effort to handle.
The challenge of doing business online has also scaled way up. The easy entry days are gone - despite what you might hear on late night infomercials. For me the constant message from Google updates is "Step up your game!"
Along those lines, I was happily surprised that an e-commerce client of mine shows a 19% increase in Google traffic beginning Thursday - spread over a couple hundred thousand keywords. They're a new client, so I certainly don't claim credit of any kind, but I thought I should represent the positive side of this update.
Sites that show improvement rarely hurry to post the good news anywhere.