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Google Caffeine is ready to energize Google's search and help it overcome Microsoft new Bing algorithm
Forget Bing, says Google, we've got your fix

Google, owner of about two-thirds of the online search market, is betting that it has just the fix you need.  Amid concerns that its losing its edge over Microsoft's popular new Bing search engine/algorithm, which will soon be powering second place competitor Yahoo's search, Google has taken a step to silence its critics by unveiling a promising successor to its current search algorithm.

Dubbed Caffeine, the new algorithm looks to give Google a much-needed jolt by delivering more results, and better results.

Indeed a quick inspection seems to indicate that the site is ready to deliver on this promise.  A quick search for "DailyTech global warming" yields about 30,700 results in the new engine, versus a mere 23,100 in the current engine.  The returned content also appears to be better in many cases.  Returning to the previous example, the new site also returns a total of four pertinent DailyTech articles as its first four results, compared to only two returned by the current engine.

On Google's blog about the site the a user named Holly adds, "I've noticed more Twitter pages in the results with this version of Google. Quite like having that - makes it easier to find people and companies."

Another user comments, "Wow, the index is way more pertinent, less spam, more good Web sites. I'm tracking a lot of searches and see huge improvement in the quality of results."

Still criticism is also cropping up.  Comments another user, "Nice idea but I can't find a lot of my site[.]"

And another user reports, "I'm tryig (sic) to access on my symbian phone, but the address redirects me to the same URL with a "/m" at the end and that show me a "403" error page. is this an issue with the the Opera browser installed on my phone? or this version is not compatible with mobile?"

The trial release of the new engine came as somewhat of a surprise.  Google had been known to be working on a new engine, but no release date had been previously known.  The news broke when Google engineers Sitaram Iyer and Matt Cutts posted a blog with a link to the new search.

They describe the new search engine, stating, "For the last several months, a large team of Googlers has been working on a secret project: a next-generation architecture for Google's web search. It's the first step in a process that will let us push the envelope on size, indexing speed, accuracy, comprehensiveness and other dimensions. The new infrastructure sits "under the hood" of Google's search engine, which means that most users won't notice a difference in search results. But web developers and power searchers might notice a few differences, so we're opening up a web developer preview to collect feedback."

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Panic is good!
By Tegrat on 8/12/2009 2:14:42 PM , Rating: 2
I'm glad Google is a little concerned as of late. Hopefully things will go back to the good old days of google search and I will actually find technical documents instead of "Do you want to buy this?"

RE: Panic is good!
By rudy on 8/12/2009 4:32:22 PM , Rating: 2
I dont know I think the major problem with all search engines now is they try to weight things based on user based measures. Now that there are so many more average people on the internet and using google you can only expect they are pushing the results to "more twitter".

If caffein is better for me it is probably because they are taking out more of the weight of user popularity.

RE: Panic is good!
By ipay on 8/19/2009 3:49:25 PM , Rating: 2
Amen to that! When I first started using Google it was because the results that I wanted were on the first results page 90% of the time. Now I have to dig and dig, or specify very precise search terms, to find what I need.

A lot of crap has crept into Google's results over the years. If Caffeine can get rid of that crap, and deliver me the results I expect, great; otherwise I might have to try Bing.

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