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Anyway - All I know - is as Nick said - GoogleGuy has been pretty good about this in the past.
If GoogleGuy didn't exist - this would be called an update - I think - especially if it was seen on www 2 or 3.
I only saw it on one of the datacenters (which in my opinion is better), but in the past - you could always see the updates on www2 or 3 as well (although sometimes not right away).
Anyway - I should have read the other thread first, but I did my normal datacenter check - saw the difference (which I have NEVER SEEN in thousands of checks) not during an update.
It looks like an update, smells like an update, but isn't an update yet.
Now, on www-sj it is like this
"Results 1 - 10 of about 34. Search took 0.03 seconds"
and there are 34 pages listed linking to my site. I like that. I'm not sure it's the update because it does not show new pages linking to my site added between the previous two deep crawls with pr of 5+. Of course I suppose they could have met with an untimely demise as well.
Maybe this isn't the "update" but from now on what do we call a simultaneous change of backlinks and rankings?
Definitely out of the ordinary.
I am under the impression that www-sj is offline and no live queries are being routed through this data center so this could just be some testing?
I am also seeing pages without descriptions in www-sj - does anyone else see this?
I have a bad feeling that the pages displayed may be from the recent deep crawl and a very bad feeling my site was down when deepbot came to visit :(
Only time will tell.
If it is a test server it makes you wonder what they are testing....
Mbennie - not sure what you mean by no link - do you mean you cant click on the result and be taken to the site?
To me all it means is that, with other evidence, it confirms my belief that a "monthly update" will be passe sometime this year, and changes will occur at any time due to shuffling freshbotting etc whenever google seems fit. Rather than monthly updates there will be big changes and small changes... and less opprtunity to "reverse engineer" for big SEO companies.
This will be for the good.
..And the last "monthly update" as we know it shall be chistened "Update Enduring Freedom" (from monthly update threads)...