I’ve joined Google

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A couple of months ago, I became a Googler.  Since my boss—Matt Cutts—has already so kindly introduced me on his blog, I feel this is probably a good time to say a few words about my new job 😀

The short version:  I’m honored, humbled, a bit nervous, and yes, very happy.  As a lifelong geek who’s been excited about search and Google in particular for many years, it’s hugely fascinating to be experiencing new adventures from the “inside.”

Okay, now for the longer version!


What I’m doing at Google

My main focus is on broadening communications between Google and Webmasters… learning as much as I can from both Matt and the Webmasters he chats with so amiably and then building upon this rapport.  Or, more colloquially, as it’s been joked around the office, my uber-challenging goal is to become a “MiniMatt.”  Though a colleague did note that a MiniMatt sounds like a scary cross between a convenience store and a diminutive vaccum cleaner.  Hmm.

You’ll find me hanging out at Webmaster conferences and various geek gatherings, occasional replying to Google-related blog or forum posts, tackling some Webmaster-related e-mails, and undoubtedly popping up in other random places.

I’ll also be a “Webmaster Advocate” inside the Googleplex.  I’ve seen firsthand that tons of folks here already eagerly read and appreciate Google- and search-related comments throughout the Web; I’ll be doing what I can to expedite concerns, bug reports, and other feedback to the right colleagues.

I’m coming into this job with a lot of knowledge about search, Google, and communications, but I know I have a lot to learn and also much trust to earn.

What my new job means for my blog

I’m not sure yet.  For the time being, I’m going to generally maintain a separation between the personal and work spheres of my life.  This means that you’re likely to be disappointed if you subscribe to BLADAM expecting to read lots of juicy Googly tidbits.

With that said, though, I do admire Robert, Jeremy, and, of course, my boss Matt and recognize that their work-related blogversations have very often educated, engaged, and entertained thousands.  So perhaps I’ll come up with a middle ground here—occasionally sharing my enthusiasm, useful Google tips, amusing Google observations, and so on—while avoiding topics likely to make my colleagues annoyed or uncomfortable.

“So I have a question about my site…”

Please, not here.  I’m enjoying tackling general and specific Webmaster issues every day at work… and my teammates and I are really, truly committed to opening up new channels of communication (like our Sitemaps tools and active Sitemaps GoogleGroup, for instance, plus MUCH more to come!).  But everyone needs a break from work now and then, so please respect my personal space here on the Web.  Thanks!

With that said, I know that Matt got some outstanding feedback on Google Communications, and so I’d be nuts if I didn’t also invite you to share your Google Communication ideas below.  I’d also love to hear from you about your favorite bloggers who masterfully juggle work and non-work topics on their blogs; I could use some more role models in case I decide to go that route eventually :-D.

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Anyway… to you faithful BLADAM readers who’ve stuck with me during all my bloggily dry and/or boring spells, thank you.  To you new readers, welcome!  It’s a pleasure to have you here, and—as always—I look forward to your comments.  Now I’m heading offline to go celebrate my birthday weekend! 😀

100 comments… add one
  • Glen the Hen May 12, 2006

    No comments yet, well Aloha to you then!  Good luck in your new job Adam.

  • gillian May 12, 2006

    Oh man I’m so jealous. Congrats dude.

  • alek May 13, 2006

    Welcome aboard Matt … yea, you are going to have to come up with something besides MiniMatt … and we already have “Cuttlets” … so what will you call your Google Groupies?!?  😉

  • elias kai May 13, 2006

    Great, Happy Birthday…

    I liked your music and welcome to Googleplex.

    Elias KAI , Google’s father.

  • Meg May 13, 2006

    Ooh, I can be your role model, both bloggish and in general.  You know you want to be a scrawny yet uber-sexy ballerina.  Or there’s always Mitzi for you to emulate.  Though I think you already do a pretty good job at being a pet-seeking attention whore…  Or maybe you’re more into being Ozzie.  How do you feel about sitting on slugs?

  • sana May 14, 2006

    so i have a question about my site…

    keke happy birthday! 😀

  • ignazio May 15, 2006

    Congrats from Spain!

  • Jason F. May 15, 2006

    At long last!  Congrats!

  • fanboy May 15, 2006

    congrats, and good luck 🙂

  • Jon Payne May 15, 2006

    Congrats!  Improving communication is never a bad thing!  Sounds like that is the essence of your new role.  Best wishes.

  • samar May 15, 2006

    🙂 I m so happy for you, congratulations.
    all sincere regards from a lebanese Google Fan

  • Aaron White May 17, 2006

    Congratulations Adam!  We look forward to seeing/hearing great things from you at Google!  😀

  • rahul May 17, 2006

    😉 HI , iTS GREAT TO work google . Keep it up .better luck. Congrats once again.

  • Praetor May 18, 2006

    For purely personal reasons, I do a search on Google several times per day for the search term: safelists. The #1 natural result does not contain the term anywhere on the page, in the domain, in the title, in the description … nowhere! How is this possible?

    Lou Smith
    SafeLists

  • Adam May 20, 2006

    A warm thank you for all the friendly welcome-comments!  Even to my wacky ballerina friend who really is as strange as she seems 😀

  • Alonso Secades Jun 10, 2006

    You should reconsider and post more work related information

  • christoph Sep 21, 2006

    hired by the devil .. your soul is not save anymore .. 🙂 grats

  • khaled Sep 25, 2006

    Congrats from Paris 😉

  • Pikary Oct 16, 2006

    my first time in this community and i?m inspired.

    what do you think about the purchase between google and youtube?

    greetz

  • orange Oct 22, 2006

    Eviva Adam 😉

  • Michael Nov 29, 2006

    Hallo to everybody, me, too, read in the German magazine Stern 21/2006 this big article with many pics from Googleplex. It was very interesting to me and I did’t expect it as I could read there. Great!
    Bye, Michael

  • max Jan 17, 2007

    i remember, i think read about it in matt’s blog.
    congratulations adam!

  • tariq Mar 26, 2007

    Eviva Adam

  • Mario Mansour May 6, 2007

    Great..Congratulations
    Keep Googleing

  • Serbra May 12, 2007

    Congratulations! How is it at the Googleplex!?

  • Alexandra Jun 14, 2007

    I do ask myself, where it will endup with google… in heaven or hell?

  • Thomas Jun 21, 2007

    Hello,
    nice site, keep on google – ing,
    Happy greetings from germany
    Thomas

  • nomi Aug 9, 2007

    congrats

  • Tony Aug 11, 2007

    Best wishes for your new job! Congrats!
    Hope you enjoy your time at the googleplex.

  • Tobi Sep 19, 2007

    Congratulations Adam, keep on googling,
    All the best from germany!
    Tobi

  • Nils Oct 4, 2007

    I want a job at google too!! ^^

  • luggage Oct 25, 2007

    Excellent man ? well done. Working for Google has got to be one of the best things ever. What I mean, is they seem to be one of the best companies to work at by far. Much better than working at some corporate conglomerate that really never goes anywhere (why does the word microsoft come to mind?) Google seem to have their pulse on the net, and where things are actually going. MS and big companies like them just have too much beaurocracy.
    I’m hoping Google never gets ‘too big’ that the obvious passionate family atmosphere they seem to have dies away. Even big companies CAN still have that atmosphere, it all depends on leadership. Good going!

  • oil portraits Oct 29, 2007

    Wow!  Honestly, this is my first time to meet someone like you.  I?m more than glad that I found your blog and I can?t help but feel envious about your job. Don?t get me wrong.  I?m pretty sure a lot of people would kill just to get the same job as yours.

  • topweblinks Oct 31, 2007

    Congrats!

  • pete Nov 22, 2007

    Congratulations Adam. I can see you are going to be seized of your new job! I for one am extremely happy that there is now more and brass hat embassy between Google and webmasters. Hope you get settled in nice and quick who knows? maybe one day you with effort be THE Googleguy! Heh heh.

  • anonymous Dec 6, 2007

    Congrats Adam! While I wouldn?t want all the movement, but working for super geek Matt has to be a dream.

    Now you get to the specifics how Pagerank amen achievement and all the many other mean installations us un-plexed people will noway in all ages the scoop.

    I am pry for you!

  • Prepaid Dec 27, 2007

    Congratulations Adam! I wish you all the best!

  • Thomas Dec 29, 2007

    congratulations adam! hope you enjoy your new job. best of luck!

  • tom Jan 10, 2008

    Congratulations – a job effuse habitancy can only delirium tremens from alarm In the German dock Stern 21/2006 some months ago there was a big and powerfully interessting computer printout stag party bunch pics from Googleplex. Funny offices you underrate and all what drop anchor confide from a wellness-trip is included too in this limit. It?s fantastic

  • Farmer Mar 7, 2008

    Wow congrats , i,am trying for job in google adwords too.

  • Golf cart Mar 31, 2008

    Working for Google has got to be one of the best things ever. What I mean, is they seem to be one of the best companies to work at by far. Much better than working at some corporate conglomerate that really never goes anywhere (why does the word microsoft come to mind?) Google seem to have their pulse on the net, and where things are actually going. MS and big companies like them just have too much beaurocracy.
    I?m hoping Google never gets ?too big? that the obvious passionate family atmosphere they seem to have dies away. Even big companies CAN still have that atmosphere, it all depends on leadership. Good going!

  • Gothic Fairy Apr 4, 2008

    Congratulations to you, google is a great company to be in. You are a man!

  • Hip Hop Apr 21, 2008

    Much better than working at some corporate conglomerate that really never goes anywhere…

  • Webdesign Hamburg May 1, 2008

    Nice workplace, dude! I’m jealous!

  • Online Shopping May 21, 2008

    Hum, i would like to buy Google’s franchises, if Google comes in to real advertisement market.
    Though congratulations and great for the community, you may directly share google’s matter.

  • Yvonne May 27, 2008

    Wow, you’re the man. I’m really jealous. 🙂

  • Steve Teabag May 29, 2008

    Oh man, i am really jealous – one of the best jobs around EVER! I wish you all the best and hope you will achive the “mini-matt” status soon :=)

  • Patterman Jun 2, 2008

    great mews! congrats

  • Wow!  Great work, great boss, what more can you ask for?  I wonder how it feels to be working for Matt.  Is it hard?  Are you under pressure always?  With such a restless and excellent guy, do you still have time for fun?

  • Marcel Jul 15, 2008

    Man how do i become a job @ google.. i think it will or is the best company you can work for… Good Luck

  • voyant Aug 1, 2008

    Congratulations Adam !  We look forward to seeing/hearing great things from you at Google !

  • SEO Florida Aug 4, 2008

    Well, Adam, You are in Currently in Webmaster Support dept? Let me know your any community ID, so i can get suggestions from you,
    I think, one day Big G will hire me. Lol.

  • Jason Aug 20, 2008

    I am green with envy Adam!!! :% I wish I was in your shoes!!!

  • George Aug 20, 2008

    Adam! We should go for beers, maybe I can get some secrets out of you! lol joking

  • Illy Sep 3, 2008

    Greetings from germany!

    Illy

  • Alex Sep 12, 2008

    Congratulations from Germany.

  • Thomas Sep 14, 2008

    Congrats Adam! 🙂

  • sam Sep 21, 2008

    How many days has you bithday Adam? 🙂

  • Chris Oct 2, 2008

    Still getting congratulations on your new job two years down the line and looks like you’ll be getting them until you retire. I bet you wish birthday presents worked the same way!

  • Dimi Nov 20, 2008

    You entered the webmasters dream world. i bet you have the knowlage of it all and go gor a pint with Matt every now and then to chet about us humans 🙂

  • Street Fairings Dec 4, 2008

    Congratulations, you are part of the big corporation ruling the world of the Internet. Can you tell us if was difficult for you to get that position? Thanks.

  • Franky Dec 5, 2008

    Congrats from Germany!

  • Holz Dec 7, 2008

    hired by the devil .. your soul is not save anymore .. smile grats.
    Greets Holz

  • Tos Dec 17, 2008

    I see you posted this some time ago, can you share with us on your experience so far? Thanks

  • Congrats Adam!  I’m sure you will do an awesome job!!

  • Onlinespiele Jan 16, 2009

    Nice workplace, I m so happy for you, Congratulations

  • i will like to have some updates from you please.

  • Lifts Mar 5, 2009

    Great job Adam.  Be thankful for your recession proof position! lol

  • Atlanta Houses Mar 6, 2009

    i am happy for you, you are part of the big corporation ruling the world of the Internet. Can you tell us if was difficult for you to get that position? Thanks.

  • Giovanni Mar 16, 2009

    bon courage à toi, je pense que tu fera bonne equipe avec le krapule de Matt 😀

  • Marcos Apr 14, 2009

    Congrats from Brazil!!

    Excellent job, good luck in Google!

  • Nele Apr 23, 2009

    Congratulations! I wish you all the best!

  • Guilherme Apr 27, 2009

    the great post
    congratulations to this
    indicated to my friends!

    Keep it up!

  • Sites de busca Apr 28, 2009

    Veryy good!
    kisses

  • Gobbit May 12, 2009

    Congratulations, good luck

  • Moda May 25, 2009

    The very good post
    the congratulations of this blog .. I will return several times
    to check the content!
    No more success!

  • Kredit Master May 25, 2009

    Congrats from Munich. Send some infos if u have one.

  • Detlef Jun 17, 2009

    Realy hired by the devil. So “don´t be evil” and google will love you 😀

  • Kleinanzeigen Jul 13, 2009

    Congratulations !!!

  • Kinderbücher Jul 15, 2009

    Now you are on the dark side of the might 😉

  • Congratulations!

  • Hundeliebhaber Jul 26, 2009

    Awesome, Adam. Keep us updated!

  • Blume Aug 8, 2009

    Congrats, man!

  • Dirk Aug 12, 2009

    Congratulations. How be works?

  • Jacky Aug 12, 2009

    U are Google? Cool

  • Daniel Urne Sep 3, 2009

    congratulation for this work
    Good luck in the further development of your page!         
    Many greetings

  • rauchmelder Sep 7, 2009

    Hello Adam, congratulation for this work! And how be works by Google? 😉

  • Congrats Adam!I am very impressed by your page and your great pictures. Keep it up and many greetings!
    cu anna

  • Xbox 360 Festplatte Sep 13, 2009

    Congratulations Adam! I wish you all the best!
    cu

  • Jameson Sep 16, 2009

    A real Googler???

  • Congratulation Adam!I am very impressed from your page and your pics. Greetings from Geschenk Schulanfang!

  • rboertos Oct 5, 2009

    Great post, Matt Cutts is afread

  • Alex Oct 5, 2009

    Congratulations! I wish you all the best!

    Greets from munich!

  • hello Adam,
    all the best for your new job. Sounds interesting, and who does not 😀
    (would like some preferred shares of google …)

    Hope for you that you have a lot of success and spend a good time!

    Greetings

  • cirugia de nariz Oct 19, 2009

    Google is a top company worldwide. Congrats!

  • Sele Oct 19, 2009

    Congratulations! All the best for you!

  • Kaz Oct 19, 2009

    Congratz from Germany! Awesome Job!

  • Matthias Oct 21, 2009

    This is now three years old. Any new on how is it going?! 🙂 Still at big G?

  • Konrad Oct 23, 2009

    Congratz from Germany! Working for Google must be really awesome

  • Internet Überall Oct 24, 2009

    Adam you are the man 🙂 nice job!

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