Sunday, August 22, 2010
Google's Ben Gomes Knows What Interests Us
Link to August 22 San Jose Mercury News article, "When you google, think Ben Gomes".
Excerpt: Like few other people on the planet, Google's Ben Gomes knows what interests the world.
Gomes is the engineer in charge of improving what you see when you Google. From one of the most important but little-known offices in the Googleplex in Mountain View, Gomes is responsible for shaping the automatic suggestions users get as they begin typing a query, and the few lines of text and links they get back, which Google calls "the snippet." He sees the digital torrent of Google's 1 billion daily search queries.
The interaction between user and search engine defines what Google is all about, and company co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have put Gomes in charge of improving that dialogue.