Today, we're announcing the completion of a new web indexing system called Caffeine. Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than our last index, and it's the largest collection of web content we've offered. Whether it's a news story, a blog or a forum post, you can now find links to relevant content much sooner after it is published than was possible ever before.
Ah guess thats why Google.co.uk is down at the minute then, used up all the resources lol!
11:08 am on Jun 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
In support of louieramos...
I don't think it is realistic to say that caffeine is infrastructure only (and not algorithms). The purpose of the new hardware is clearly to run new software. Indeed, you can be certain that the hardware was designed to meet certain criteria demanded by planned changes to software.
When a new computer is designed, it will be tested with existing software but by the time it is built and rolled out, new software will be ready. Of course, the software can continue to change, and undoubtedly will.
7:01 pm on Jun 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
Caffiene seems to be geared to making Google THE place to go for news about current events and I think it's making the 'burstiness' aspect of the algo more effective. Remember how bad Google looked during that Iran deal? Everyone flocked to Twitter for news because Google couldn't keep up.
I think sites with good, legit, mostly-static content can still count on good rankings because the 'burstiness' of searches is different with every topic. If you sell air filters for tractors or something, you probably won't see a big change in your industry from Caffiene because there won't be a lot of news. However, Mayday will affect the industry because it shifts the power away from big domains and allows individual documents to be scored more fairly. Caffiene will help with the overall stability and speed of their storage network, Mayday seems to be rewarding those of us who stick to our roots and promote more than just the root URL of a site.
11:00 pm on Jun 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
Caffeine is a disaster. I dont know what is going on but the search results are the worst I have seen ever. Example: Search for "Black Duck Beauty In The Winds". ( A famous Chinese musical group that has a CD called Beauty In The Winds". The results on page one are 90% about anything to have the name Black Duck and ignores the Beauty In The Winds. This example is across the boards. Its as if the SERPS have been nuked.
Ranked #1 I see a store selling the music
ranked #2 I see webmasterworld to this thread.
Just shows their "long tail keyword" given more to authority sites is broken.
4:24 am on Jun 12, 2010 (gmt 0)
The results are a lot better today than when I checked a few days ago, at least the first result is actually related to the music in question now. Previously, it was a page about black ducks on the USGS.gov website, and then weather reports for Blackduck, MN. I think you can still check out these "crappy" results on google.se (and webmasterworld is now ranked second on these results as well).
4:42 am on Jun 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
In this one week after "Google announces Caffeine is completed". did any one observed any changes in their site analytics, or in SERP's
2:01 pm on Jun 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
well Bl*ck D*** Be***y In The W***s still shows back to webmaster world.
what else can we get this thread ranked for?
Mod's note: Obscured the words. No point having different pages of the thread rank for those terms as well.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:37 pm (utc) on Jun 16, 2010]
2:26 pm on Jun 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
J_RaD - we're not going to go there, please ;)
5:23 pm on Jun 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
waoh, seeing all those **** in my post made me think someone got into my account and started dropping bombs
1:37 am on Jun 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
Hi Raj1094 - we have seen zero changes since the launch of caffeine. The serps have actually been really slow but traffic has maintained in the same low levels. We have over a dozen sites and same across the board.
3:25 am on Jun 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
In this one week after "Google announces Caffeine is completed", did any one observed any changes in their site analytics, or in SERP
zero changes since the launch of caffeine
The announcement was that the rollout of caffeine was COMPLETED. This does not give any indication if it was done over the previous few days, or months. Most think it is the latter, and so there isn't much reason to expect sudden changes just because it is finally complete.