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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Google Lets You Preview Their Search Infrastructure Update

Google announced that they’re opening up a new results infrastructure for testing. You can view it at, and give feedback on differences to normal web search by clicking the “Dissatisfied” link at the bottom (you are supposed to include the keyword “Caffeine” somewhere in the text box).

Google promotes this step as one that will “push the envelope on size, indexing speed, accuracy, comprehensiveness and other dimensions”, explaining that the new infrastructure sits “under the hood” of Google’s search engine, meaning “that most users won’t notice a difference in search results. But web developers and power searchers might notice a few differences, so we’re opening up a web developer preview to collect feedback.”

Google’s Matt Cutts disclaims, however, that Google is “not looking to make huge changes in ranking with this new infrastructure. Some rankings will change, but that’s not the main thrust of the infrastructure.” Matt says that “most of the changes are in things like our core indexing”.

What differences did you spot, and can you see any trends?

[Hat tip to James and Matt!]


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