TheMadScientist - 6:33 pm on Mar 20, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: TheMadScientist at 6:37 pm (utc) on Mar 20, 2011]
There is something quite "non-standard" in this period that follows the update - our old expectations are being dramatically disappointed. I'm thinking this reflects how radically different this new algorithm is, as well as how new it is.
As well as how they think ... We've seen it before (how they think) and I've said it before, but I'll reiterate:
These guys think years into the future and they're willing (they have to be) to sacrifice a little bit now (even for a couple or few months, imo) to make gigantic leaps ahead in the quality they present in their results over the next decade.
The difference between Google and many of the site owners here? Site owners only think about today (it's obvious from the posts here), Google's programmers think about the next 10 years (it's obvious from the results we see immediately following major updates).
3 to 6 months even of 'ho hum' results, compared to what we've come to expect, is a small trade off for an increasingly high quality in their results over the next decade ... Sometimes you have to take what would seem to be 3 steps back to move way ahead.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 6:37 pm (utc) on Mar 20, 2011]