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Secretly, they’ve been working on a new project: the next generation of Google Search. This isn't just some minor upgrade, but an entire new infrastructure for the world’s largest search engine...Google's now confident enough in the new version of its search engine that it has released the development version for public consumption. While you won't see too many differences immediately, let us assure you: it's a completely upgraded Google search.
Article at Mashable [mashable.com]
The url for the development version is [www2.sandbox.google.com...]
upon further review, i think i am noticing that more of the #1 results are getting indents, which is pushing everything down. this seems true for wikipedia as well as other top results.
[edited by: elsewhen at 1:39 am (utc) on Aug. 11, 2009]
worth watching and poking with sticks ..?
for now contented with it's results I am ..:))
Help test some next-generation infrastructure [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com]
...Right now, we only want feedback on the differences between Google's current search results and our new system. We're also interested in higher-level feedback ("These types of sites seem to rank better or worse in the new system") in addition to "This specific site should or shouldn't rank for this query." Engineers will be reading the feedback, but we won't have the cycles to send replies....
Here's how to give us feedback: Do a search at [www2.sandbox.google.com...] and look on the search results page for a link at the bottom of the page that says "Dissatisfied? Help us improve." Click on that link, type your feedback in the text box and then include the word caffeine somewhere in the text box.
Due to Google's regional filtering, results on [www2.sandbox.google.com...] would be .com I gather without the regional filtering algorithm applied which kinda makes it hard to notice any difference for me as I only ever use .au.
so even though there are lots of advertisers that would be advertising against that brand and region Google are foregoing that income to make it one click from the search to the intended site.
I have been running some tests in the sandbox for 'longtail' keywords currently bringing traffic to a website I run.
The SERPS are not as trakkerguy suggested the ones from 3-4 weeks ago, at least not looking at my ranking data.
The changes seem minor. That is to say #1 and #2 are generally the same, but after that it seems it's anybody's guess.
Can anyone confirm this?
I am seeing a lot more emphasis being placed on Wikipedia, and that does annoy me.
One good thing, it is very quick.