Marissa Mayer changing her role at Google

Marissa Mayer changing her role at Google

Summary: Marissa has been an integral part of Google's success -- she was in charge of user experience, and a wonderful job she has done. The Google search engine has changed slowly over the years -- but usually for the better.

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Marissa has been an integral part of Google's success -- she was in charge of user experience, and a wonderful job she has done. The Google search engine has changed slowly over the years -- but usually for the better. There aren't many decisions made under her watch that were wrong looking back in hindsight (though most changes are met with at least some opposition)

A new chapter in her career is about to start, as head of "location and local services". This is an extremely important area that Google is betting will bring in an ever growing amount of cash that will supplement their existing ad revenue.

To replace Marissa steps in Udi Manber -- a former Yahoo employee who joined Google in 2006. It will be interesting to see if Udi takes Google in a different direction to keep up with Bing's impressive user experience work.

What do you think? Is Google in trouble now that Marissa is gone? Or is a change exactly what Google needs?

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  • Crap

    I was hoping they wouldn't notice that big gaping hole in their search. You'd be amazed at what Google CAN'T search for and its right here in this area.
    guihombre
  • RE: Marissa Mayer changing her role at Google

    IMO Google does need change, especially in interface (GMail, Docs, etc.). Having the same interface for years is good for consistency and user acceptance, but honestly... it's starting to be boring.
    anilmujagic
    • RE: Marissa Mayer changing her role at Google

      @anilmujagic I agree its time for the apps and portals to stop looking like beta products. Very ugly skins for the most part. iGoogle was a great concept but it seems to have been set aside like so many other google endeavors. It works so no reason to spend another minute on it.
      JustAITGuy
    • RE: Marissa Mayer changing her role at Google

      @anilmujagic what are you talking about? The Gmail interface has seen at least 3 revisions in the same number of years. The current version has given us MASSIVE increases in functionality and some fairly important visual tweaks.
      relativityboy
    • RE: Marissa Mayer changing her role at Google

      @anilmujagic

      God no please not change for change sake. There is nothing boring about the G apps. They have starkly attractive and functional interfaces.

      Sure the occasional well studied tweak is good, and they can add some skins for those addicted to superfluous eye candy, but NO wholesale changes just because the current interface is good but "old".
      colinnwn
  • Other companies could use a Marissa

    I can think of a lot of other companies that could use someone like Marrissa Mayer. Too many tech companies get the background tech right, but fail at the user interface. At these companies nobody seems to be concerned with how all the products play together, or how easy they are to use beyond the initial level.
    zackers
  • RE: Marissa Mayer changing her role at Google

    I watched an interview/documentary with her. Two things came to mind. I would be scared to death to work for her because she strikes me as someone who rules with an iron fist and everything must be perfect. But thats a good thing for a business. Second, she strikes me as incredibly sharp. You can't snow her. Some day when google needs a new CEO I'm willing to bet she would be at the top of the list.
    rengek
  • RE: Marissa Mayer changing her role at Google

    Like the fist of an angry god.
    Krantzstone
  • RE: Marissa Mayer changing her role at Google

    Google is old news, Google has been in trouble for a long time. I am looking forward to the day that Google is not mentioned at all in history, or at least a minor unoticed footnote.
    jfreedle2@...