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Steve Souders to Join Google

Steve Souders, Yahoo’s Chief Performance Officer and the author of High Performance Web Sites, is leaving Yahoo to join Google.

Most of the media coverage of his announcement has focused on a narrative of Yahoo’s demise. The Information Week article that I linked to above is probably the most neutral article I could find, and it still slants towards making a bigger deal of this change than it probably is.

I’m not much interested in whether or not this represents a larger trend for Yahoo. What matters for those who are concerned about site performance is that Steve has been publishing some of the best research recently on these topics. I hope he will continue to be able to publish new research and techniques while at Google.