TheMadScientist - 3:09 pm on Jun 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
One of the things I think it's important to keep in mind is:
This is what we've all been waiting for, so to speak...
Google had two different storage and indexing systems in place with an algo that ranked results for either. They also probably had teams of people working on developing and integrating Caffeine. Now that the rollout is complete they can work on moving forward a bit more with the fine tuning of things, because they should have way more 'free resources' (including people) to tune, adjust, and refine other things instead of concentrating on updating the structure and storage systems.
One of the things I know from having been reading the update threads for years is there are often periods of time after major changes in the algo or infrastructure where spam 'floats to the top'. It's happened before, and will probably happen again, but every time there have been 'Google's Broken', 'they can't keep doing this', 'they've really done it this time' threads they have always made adjustments and 'the show goes on'.
The threads we've had here about Google's showing of spam in the results aren't really new... The names of the posters have changed, but the same 'stuff' still applies, so if there are those who think the type of 'spammy results' they are reporting is new, I suggest reading back through the update threads, because you will probably notice the same thing has happened before, and interestingly, with each update and each time people have said Google has moved backward somehow, someway they keep moving forward.
I think now that Caffeine is actually in place and they have some more free resources we will probably see 'algo integration and refinement' over the next weeks and months, which is really what we've all been waiting for, and my guess is them too...