Google has given the world a rare glimpse into its mysterious algorithm, which decides which websites show up when you search for something. However, most of the world has not taken notice!
Probably because, as long as the infamous Google machine still works, nobody cares –– except, of course, for the intelligent people reading this SEO & Analytics blog.
Usually extremely tight-lipped about its search-engine methods, Google has released a video (the first of its kind) of an internal weekly search meeting. We don't know when another one will be released, and we don't know why they have decided to release this video now, but we do know that it is very interesting and very rare.
*** Watch the Google search-quality meeting on YouTube •••
Strangely enough, the video has only seen about 102,000 views. Elana Zak with 10,000 Words wrote about the video on March 12, and she noted that there were only about 300 views –– and the video was posted in January!
Even if you are not an SEO geek, still watch the video –– for as long as you can take it. It seems extremely brainy, nerdy and well above our heads at first, but there are captions of little tid-bits of information that are interesting to know along the way. After all, most of us use Google every day of our lives, so learning a little more about how they decide what you see when you send a search couldn't hurt. Plus, you also get a glimpse of the tiny details that cause much debate at the Google headquarters, where no issue is too minute to debate.
In this particular meeting, Google search experts are discussing the autocorrect spelling function on queries (searches) of 10 words or more. They are discussing how the autocorrect spelling feature is performing, and how many words into the query should the system correct. If you can't keep up with the techie lingo, pay attention to the captions -–– they are in English.
Go ahead and click on some, too –– the video will pause as you are redirected to your chosen link in a different tab, and then you can go back to the video and continue –– thank you, Google!