tedster - 2:14 am on May 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
This is one of the strangest reports that we've ever seen. It sounds like something never before seen to me. My first thought is that this is aligned with another thread: Are we entering another Panda user-engagement calibration phase? [webmasterworld.com]
One thing for sure - when it comes to Google SEO "we're not in Kansas anymore." The game has changed to the point that many (and I do mean MANY) people are going to realize they've been left far behind. And the rest will be digging long and hard, and struggling to find understandable language to even talk about what they are seeing.
I plan to start with this Google patent:
Large scale machine learning systems and methods [patft.uspto.gov]
Granted, that patent is only loosely related to what jabird is reporting in this thread. But what he is reporting is only a side symptom of a huge sea change at Google. Hold onto your hats!