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Google is desperately looking for talented engineers in its quest to come up with the next big thing in social web and its struggle to fight webspam. A few days ago Google put out a job vacancy for a software engineer who will focus on Google’s “search quality, search relevance, and web search infrastructure.”

Here is Google’s intro:

“Google search is used by over one billion people every week. Think about it. If you work with us, you will have the opportunity to affect one billion people each week. Search may seem simple — you just enter a few words and Google gives you all the right links. But underneath, Google search is one of the most complex and sophisticated computer programs ever written. It is also one of the most successful. More than 1000 engineer years went into its development, and we believe that this is just the beginning. Search is not a solved problem. The following years will see vast improvements just as the last 10 years have seen a revolution in the power of search.

If you have an interest in search, but could not get enough resources in your current organization to get at it deep enough, you will not have that problem at Google. You will join a very strong team with 0 to 20 years experience in search. Our number one principle is “think of the user first.” We have the mandate to do whatever it takes to improve search, and we have unbelievable resources to achieve that. You will be able to go deeper, to advance further, to understand more than you ever thought possible. You will learn a lot. We can guarantee that.” (Google Inc.)

They have also gone ahead and created a little file at http://www.google.com/humans.txt.

Humans.txt reads “Google is built by a large team of engineers, designers, researchers, robots, and others in many different sites across the globe. It is updated continuously, and built with more tools and technologies than we can shake a stick at. If you’d like to help us out, see google.com/jobs.”

This of course reminds everyone of MailOnline’s rather clever vacancy ad in its robots.txt file which was discovered by a UK SEO. Mailonline’s robots.txt included the following lines:

# August 12th, MailOnline are looking for a talented SEO Manager so if you found this then you’re the kind of techie we need!
# Send your CV to holly dot ward at mailonline dot co dot uk

Given that most SEOs are naturally good at “espionage”, Daily Mail knew that talented SEOs would be sniffing around to gather intelligence and will come across the vacancy in robots.txt.