Pinterest Proves It’s Serious About Search With Its Addition of Google’s Randy Keller

Keller spent more than 10 years at Google as a senior engineer working on image search ranking and features

Pinterest followed up its introduction of three visual discovery features last week with the addition of a former Google Search lead to oversee them as the social network’s new head of search.

Randy Keller, who spent more than 10 years at Google as a senior engineer working on image search ranking and features, is Pinterest’s new head of search.

At Google, Keller focused on search quality, ranking and relevance—a perfect fit with Pinterest’s new visual discovery features—and he was responsible for bringing machine learning and computer vision signals into Google Image Search ranking.

Keller said in a statement emailed to Social Pro Daily:

Pinterest is the most exciting opportunity in visual discovery today, and I look forward to contributing my expertise in image search quality and ranking to the team responsible for helping millions of people discovery billions of ideas every day. Pinterest’s unprecedented data set presents new opportunities to build the next generation of search that’s personalized to each person on Pinterest.

Readers: What are your thoughts on this move by Pinterest?