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For my top target term there are still some differences between the Caffein sandbox and .com results. It does not affect me and looking at them dispassionately the Caffein results (subjectively) serve the user better. More of my significant real world competitors appear and less of the buy their way to the top jokers.
[edited by: tedster at 5:52 am (utc) on Sep. 7, 2009]
Matt Cutts tweeted this is NOT Caffeine:
lol you'd be amazed at how un-knowledgeable he is about the actual rollouts. (documented several times on this forum...and it's not his department)
He was vague, "don't believe".
If it TRULY isn't the sandbox datasets,
which is what it looks like,
AND it certainly isn't the current datasets.
it's the "holiday datasets"...
Which would roll out rather quickly considering they would need to push those almost immediately.
Let the FUD commence. ;)
So he will continue to campaign for some accommodation for websmasters, but it's most likely going to a "best bet" rather than a sure thing.
Just wanted to say that I have been watching this and testing caffeine since the anouncement months back. At this point I can say with some confidense that what I saw prior to a few weeks back was indeed caffeine results in the normal search. It appears since shortly after the beggining of November Google pulled Caffeine back and is testing it randomly on a few data centers. So I agree with the conclusion that Caffeine was implemented and being served for well over a month previously as stated by others on this board at the time.
Just wanted to give my 2 cents. Currently I am seeing caffeine randomly after reloading a few times on [126.96.36.199...]
Then the Google PDF document goes further:
the strategy is to partition the processing of all documents by
• randomly distributing documents into smaller shards
• having multiple server replicas responsible for handling each shard, and
• routing requests through a load balancer.
It seems to me that Caffeine is an intervention into the complexity of that process - and hopefully one that simplifies all those potential spots for data errors. I'm looking forward to the full roll-out.
allow us to test the results for caffeine.co.uk results
Unless anyone knows better I think the best you can hope for is to compare Caffeine (if you can find the real thing) to google.com results and hope that the UK filter, when it is applied to Caffein has a similar effect to what is currently happening. In other words you want google.com and Caffeine results to be the same and then hope that some cleaver fellow in Googleplex doesn't decide to monkey with the UK filter between now and when Caffeine rolls out in the new year.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 1:16 am (utc) on Nov. 29, 2009]
[edit reason] added link to SER [/edit]
...I think it's really risky to take a few threads and turn that into a "major Google update."
.... So 188.8.131.52 does hit the Caffeine data center more often than other IP addresses, but it's always been the plan that Caffeine would roll out at one data center (no more data centers will get Caffeine until at least January)....
But I would avoid generalizing.... on a lot of the webmaster forums you can't tell what site they're talking about, so it's hard to do any debugging on what might have happened to individual sites there.