Marissa Mayer: The Face of Google 2009

January 4, 2009

Even in the coal-run off region of Kentucky, I learn about Marissa Mayer. She is everywhere. Someone sent me a link suggesting that Ms. Meyer, Google employee number nine, wanted to escape the wild world of Google and devote time to other pursuits. Techradar ran a three part story here that struck me as positioning Ms. Mayer as the go-to face of the GOOG in 2009. She leaves her calendar free one hour each day to chat with fellow Googlers with ideas. You will want to read this write up by Oliver Lindberg. For me the most important comment in the interview was:

Mayer describes the concept of the ideal search engine as “Your best friend with instant access to all the world’s facts and a photographic memory you’ve seen and know.” To some that might seem scary: however, she claims a user’s privacy is respected by a good user experience that really embodies transparency and control. In Google’s personalized search, for example, you can already see your Web history and remove items if you wish.

Yep, Google is my best friend. Is Googzilla yours?

Stephen Arnold, January 4, 2008


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