randle - 4:10 pm on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
Also appreciate that even though Eric Schmidt said "brands" are the way out of the internet cesspool, the algo team does not use the term "brand", according to a recent video from Matt Cutts.
I'm sure quite a few folks at the plex wish Mr. Schmidt had chosen his words a bit more carefully and used better "Google Speak" when he blurted that out. Whatever the means, the result is the same, and very much intended: the web sites of large commercial brands rank better now than before Mr. Schmidt uttered those words.
Fundamentally this was a much bigger shift in what people experience searching Google than anything Panda has caused.