Marissa Mayer interviewed by Michael Arrington

Wed 10 December 2008 12:20, Bas van den Beld

Marissa Mayer interviewed by Michael Arrington

Today Paris Marissa Mayer makes her debut on the stage of LeWeb 2008. She will be interviewed by Michael Arrington of Techcrunch. The interview can be seen right here on SearchCowboys. Below we will try to give updates of the interview while its going on, so be sure to refresh your page.

Updated: here is a 22 minute video of the interview.

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below you can find the live report of the interview

  • We are waiting for Marissa Mayer and Michael Arrington to go on stage
  • Michael Arrington making remarks about the lunch time and the internet because of the bad first day
  • In the end the audience can ask questions
  • Marissa announces Global Zeitgeist 2008
  • Zeitgeist is broken out over 30 countries to see trends on a local level
  • New announcement: iGoogle themes for photographers
  • About Chrome: big priorities are getting out of beta. Taking that technology and making it better
  • Why Chrome so soon out of beta? 
  • Arrington: Searchwiki: you've been testing this summer: "What in the world were you thinking?"
  • Searchwiki can be turned off by the user (opt out) sometime next year.
  • Searchwiki is not used to improve searchresults
  • 90% of search is done: the last 10% are the hardest. What are you going to do to take search to the next level? What's the future of search?
  • Mayer: we think competition in search is good
  • How and where can you search? Now you use your laptop. We are looking to make it easier for phones, cars etcetera. 
  • Introducing new media in search results. In the end almost all search pages should have alternate media in it
  • Speach text will be there before face recognition
  • There is a lot of promising data, we will have a break through in 5 to ten years
  • Because of personalized search we can give better results the next time you search
  • Local search: most time spent is within five miles of your home so local is very handy
  • Privacy: we take privacy very seriously. The best privacy rules are: transparancy and choice: whether or not you want to participate
  • What do you do with the ideas people hand you? Mayer: Some of the best ideas come from searchers. For example the omnibox in Chrome is based on observation of userdata
  • Speech text: accents are a problem. Google is building a dataset
  • How do you pick people? We are really looking for people who have fire and passion for change in the world and are able to accelerate
  • Interview ends
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