Google Caffeine going live as we speak?

A colleague of mine pointed me in the direction of some breaking news. One of his friends, who's the founder of Search Engine Roundtable, has discovered something very exciting. It seems that many of Google's data centers have begun kicking in the new Caffeine indexing system. He reports that many threads have been buzzing about this. People in those threads seem very sure that the results are from Caffeine's new algorithm. The writer has emailed Matt Cutts over at Google to confirm the change, but has not heard back yet.

Here are some threads that he links to where users have experienced the change:


However, not all users are experiencing the new results. It seems as though not all of Google's data centers have had the change implemented. Below is a list of the data centers suspected of currently running on Caffeine. You can click on them to search, and you'll notice the results to be of the Caffeine kind.

We will see if Google makes any official announcement and will update you as more information becomes available. It's possible that other data centers, other than the ones listed above, have made the switch as well. The latest word from Google was that Caffeine would launch sometime after the holidays, so it makes sense to see it going live now.

Caffeine is the name given to Google's next generation search index and algorithm. The aim of the new system is to improve the speed, accuracy, index size, and overall result relevancy of the world's most popular search engine. Caffeine also puts a strong emphasis on real-time indexing. Back in August, Google released a public preview of the new engine. Overall, reviews have been positive.

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Doubt you'd notice any change from using the specified IPs. The POST form function posts the data to google.com, so it would resolve to a non-caffeinated IP.

I tried searching for different criteria and noticed nothing, came back and re-read the article because I figured I missed something but I didnt notice any difference with any of this.

este said,
I tried searching for different criteria and noticed nothing, came back and re-read the article because I figured I missed something but I didnt notice any difference with any of this.

Yeah, I'm really confused.

I don't know what caffeine is, but the search seemed a bit quicker, and the search suggestions were definitely quicker.

Has anyone else thought that, or is this the placebo effect?

I was thinking the same thing. The suggestions were definitely quicker and more responsive, and I got the results almost instantly (normally it takes 2-3 seconds).

You might wanna.. Y'know.. Tell us what Google Caffeine is somewhere in the article? Even a link to where Neowin's explained it before (I'm gonna assume they have because they article's written like we should all know what it is) would be fine.

callum:mr said,
You might wanna.. Y'know.. Tell us what Google Caffeine is somewhere in the article? Even a link to where Neowin's explained it before (I'm gonna assume they have because they article's written like we should all know what it is) would be fine.

Done :)

Sorry, I was trying to get the story out as fast as possible. Hope the edit helps clear things up.

What a disappointment. Reading the headline, thought google finally came out with a new brand of coffee. Just to find out it is an enhanced search....sheeeesh.

So true, it seems any little thing google does will somehow pick up lots of press at this point. But hell, I thought Googles search was so great already, why the change? Or I suppose not everyone thought that.

GP007 said,
So true, it seems any little thing google does will somehow pick up lots of press at this point. But hell, I thought Googles search was so great already, why the change? Or I suppose not everyone thought that.

I can't wait to play with this personally... while Google search currently does great at indexing larger websites (and giving those websites the top 10 spots consistently), I'd really like to see it do a better job when it comes to things like image search. I've had to sift through dozens of pages of images just to find one that closely matches what I actually searched for.

Holy crap, it works! I just did a search term identical to one I did yesterday... yesterday I sifted through 20+ sites and never found the answer... today the first half-dozen results I looked at were all close, and one had the exact answer I needed.

Way to go Google!

vaximily said,
I can't wait to play with this personally... while Google search currently does great at indexing larger websites (and giving those websites the top 10 spots consistently), I'd really like to see it do a better job when it comes to things like image search. I've had to sift through dozens of pages of images just to find one that closely matches what I actually searched for.

Google are doing research with Quantum Computing for their image search.

kazuyette said,
I tried a search yesterday and some results came from twitter. Is it Caffeine ?

Nah, that's just live search results. It was implemented a few weeks ago.

kazuyette said,
I tried a search yesterday and some results came from twitter. Is it Caffeine ?

Did you search twitter??? haha

Jedimark said,
Results seem no different to me.

Same here. I tried several of the servers listed in the article and I just don't see anything different. What should I be looking for?

Searching [my.full.first.name] [my.surname] and [my.shortened.first.name] [my.surname] both are top on "old google"... on "new google" one has dropped a couple of places