So I was thinking all last night and all morning about what exactly the algorithm update that happened on Thursday entailed. Word on the street is that they are targeting content farms, and sites with lower quality information. Content quality is all subjective, of course, as opposed to Google's history of mathematical formulas to determine PageRank, etc.
I believe that we were hit hard by the new algo because of the significant number of non-native English speakers here, leading posts to appear as "lower quality" because they are written in broken English. So that got me thinking. This is the first Google algorithm update that I can think of that focuses on natural-language content. So that got me thinking. What are the chances that Jeopardy's Watson natural-language robot, who understands natural-language speech, is behind this Google update?