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Things keep on changing.
<edit>The "experimental" search results that have been on 220.127.116.11 for the last few weeks, have now migrated to 18.104.22.168 as well. This has happened some time in the last couple of hours. In fact it has spread to several others, now.</edit>
This is looking more like the updates of 2002 when a new index appeared on one DC then took 4 or 5 days to spread to all of them. Has Google reverted to doing the dance?
[edited by: g1smd at 11:46 pm (utc) on May 2, 2006]
I did a very quick check of half a dozen keyword combos I persue, and did not notice much difference in the serps.
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Edited to add, went back and checked again, and this time my main site was down 84 pages, still not showing the non-www supplementals, so it looks like there might be different datasets floating around on the servers on that datacenter.
One of the indexes does not make any sense, for a particular keyword search it comes up with 200M results. While the others have 600M and 700M.
Yesterday it had 700M steadily throughout the day. I am only looking at the front ends, and simply hitting refresh. It changes very rapidly.
Before that, Google had two different indexes out there, with a roughly 50/50 split across the DCs, and the "experimental" one was on just one DC. Now the third is spreading, and the other two are disappearing.
The new one has many problems. I really can't believe that they are rolling it out.
And for those that said these won't spread...ENJOY!
[edited by: MLHmptn at 12:35 am (utc) on May 3, 2006]
These results are VERY different. This is the biggest change I have seen in Google results in at least 5 years of looking. I want to start calling this an update.
The results are utterly awful. There is no "exact match" for "quoted searches" any more, either.
Some of the searches I do, now have thousands of results, rather than dozens, but none of the results actually fit the search query.
Many SERPs are stuffed full of supplementals. Some are 100% supplemental results.
Some sites have lost 99% of their indexed pages.
Many cache dates go back to 2004 January.
[edited by: g1smd at 12:36 am (utc) on May 3, 2006]
I took some screenshots of the mysterious third set of SERP's. G1SMD, I will have to msg you a URL to view some screenshots. Hopefully you can decipher where they are coming from? :> This is the oddest change I have ever seen from Google. That 3rd set is simply "Mysterious".
[edited by: MLHmptn at 12:38 am (utc) on May 3, 2006]
The loss of "exact match searches" is really weird though. I would think that is a glitch though rather than corporate choice since there seems no value in not allowing exact searching.
I eliminated the content from those URLs about 4 months ago and they kept showing as supplementals.
Today, they are gone. I'm pretty happy.
I'm not saying that is what is happening, but it might be something going on... or at least a way to look at things optimistically.
(On the other hand, I am finding plenty of examples of indexed pages that have hidden supplementals that can be found by searching for old text no longer on the pages. Not as many as before, but still some.)
[edited by: steveb at 1:40 am (utc) on May 3, 2006]
I mentioned this inconsistency about a month ago. It is real, for example my default Google.com 22.214.171.124 doesn't return the same results:
site:sitename.tld = 842
site:sitename.tld/ = 890
site:www.sitename.tld/ = 870