Google Caffeine is still "months" away

At the beginning of January, it was believed that Caffeine had begun rolling out across Google's data centers. All the suspicion led people to believe that a full roll out was nearby. After all, Google's Matt Cutts did say, back in November, that "the full Caffeine roll out will happen after the holidays." Well, here we are--months later, and still no Caffeine to buzz about.

Confirmation of Caffeine not rolling out anytime soon was acquired by Search Engine Land. According to their site, a spokesperson for Google told them that Caffeine is still only live in a single data center and that "we expect to roll it out to all data centers over the coming months." When asked about what happened with the roll out, Google responded with the classic, "we aim to provide the best experience for our users" response, saying, "We run lots of tests with this big a change to our infrastructure. We want the new system to meet or exceed the abilities of our current system, and it can take time to ensure that everything looks good.”

In other words, Caffeine isn't ready for primetime, and Google doesn't have a set release date. In fact, even if you wanted to check out Caffeine at the 209.85.225.103 IP address that Matt Cutts provided back in November, you may or may not get it at all. When Search Engine Land asked Google about this IP address, the response was a predictable, "I don't have a specific IP address I can share." The bottom line is, we will get Caffeine when Google decides to give it to us. In the meantime, any changes users notice at Google.com are not part of the roll out. We have no idea when it will finally be unveiled to the world. These days, "months" can mean so many things.

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Julius Caro said,
it would actually help if the article mentioned what the hell caffeine is

I've heard it's a secret ingredient in the Red Bull line of energy drinks, best to keep it hush hush though for now ;)

Julius Caro said,
it would actually help if the article mentioned what the hell caffeine is
I've understood it as an optimization and minor revision to their web search engine (speaking of changes to the end-user at least).

Edited by Northgrove, Feb 25 2010, 11:26pm :

Julius Caro said,
it would actually help if the article mentioned what the hell caffeine is

Yes, it would help greatly.

Gonna have to 'Google' it now :p

Julius Caro said,
it would actually help if the article mentioned what the hell caffeine is

Indeed, least informative article ever!

n_K said,

I've heard it's a secret ingredient in the Red Bull line of energy drinks, best to keep it hush hush though for now ;)

lol This guy is hilarious.

Shiranui said,

Indeed, least informative article ever!


If you follow the link to the previous article you will get some information :)

Julius Caro said,
it would actually help if the article mentioned what the hell caffeine is

This is probably the dozenth time I've seen the exact same Journalism 101 mistake on Neowin in the past few months. 8(

Julius Caro said,
it would actually help if the article mentioned what the hell caffeine is
Sorry bout that. Hit up the link in the first sentence of the post. It explains it there :)

Edited by Benjamin Rubenstein, Feb 26 2010, 12:27pm :

Julius Caro said,
it would actually help if the article mentioned what the hell caffeine is

yeah pretty ridiculous - i actually had to search to find out what the hell the article was on about

Tekkerson said,
I don't get this either, do you win some kind of price? Whatever makes you feel special man...

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Tekkerson said,
I don't get this either, do you win some kind of price? Whatever makes you feel special man...

First, that's a Peace Prize....!