Robert_Charlton - 7:26 am on Apr 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
Makes Perfect sense. Brett is telling Google that the site has a lot of things and /webmaster is for webmasters. Perfectly logical.
In the example I described, the catalog page had better navigation to the rest of the site than the home page did, and therefore I felt that Google had made a sensible change.
In the case of Webmaster General, I can see how Google arrived at that... it's a direct keyword-to-keyword match, and it's logical, but I don't feel it is a good choice. It will be interesting to see if Google observes visitor behavior and re-calibrates.
Perhaps it's been postulated here before, but I think the surge may be designed to expose as many pages as possible to as many visitors as possible to gauge visitor behavior. Perhaps that's one of the last pieces of the algo to be applied.
dickbaker - Every time I see a bunch of multiple results returned from a site, that's what I feel that Google is doing... gauging visitor behavior. I'm thinking that Google may be calibrating its own interface as well assessing the site. Can't describe the math they're using, but I'm thinking they're looking at these results from enough different angles that they're assembling a multi-dimensional model.