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New Google Search Engine Revealed

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Google unleashed a new search engine codenamed Caffeine, and is asking for user feedback.

Earlier today, Google revealed a secret project entitled Caffeine, the next generation of the company's Internet search engine. According to the official Google Webmaster Central Blog, a large team has been working on the project for the last several months, pushing the envelope on size, indexing speed, accuracy, comprehensiveness, and more.

By heading here, end-users will notice that the search engine looks the same. However, staff software engineer Sitaram Iyer and principal engineer Matt Cutts says that the new infrastructure sits under the hood, and that most users won't actually 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," they added. Currently the team wants "higher-level" feedback on the differences between the current search engine, and the caffeinated version used at the new link.

To provide feedback to Google, follow these simple steps:

Do a search at http://www2.sandbox.google.com/ and look on the search results page for a link at the bottom of the page that says "Dissatisfied? Help us improve." Click on that link, type your feedback in the text box and then include the word caffeine somewhere in the text box.

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    vaderseven , August 12, 2009 3:52 AM
    Caffeine? M$ should answer with crack.
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    gekko668 , August 12, 2009 2:27 AM
    Nice. Looks like google sees bing as a treat and decide to amp up their search engine.
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    wongster , August 12, 2009 2:35 AM
    threat
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    cruiseoveride , August 12, 2009 2:38 AM
    I think treat made more sense
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    deltatux , August 12, 2009 2:39 AM
    it's a lot faster than the usual Google, at least with Chrome, haven't tested it with other browsers.

    As for Bing, I never even bothered. Yes, it's good to have competition, but really I don't see myself using Bing for my searches unless there's something that may only be on Bing which I doubt.
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    IzzyCraft , August 12, 2009 2:52 AM
    In response to bing obviously (As bing searches tend to be better suited for questions):)  reasonable competition doing what people say it does?!?1
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    pirateboy , August 12, 2009 3:23 AM
    Caffeine? how unoriginal
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    vaderseven , August 12, 2009 3:52 AM
    Caffeine? M$ should answer with crack.
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    7amood , August 12, 2009 3:57 AM
    I wanna see the difference between the old engine and new engine...
    not that I'm implying that our beloved Google is not honest but just to be at ease when am talking about it.

    after all, there is no use of improvements that
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    end-users will notice
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    nachowarrior , August 12, 2009 6:02 AM
    searches seem to take about the same amount of time for me between new and old google engines.. i'm getting slightly different results from the two engines put side by side, but nothing has been excluded notably thus far. and btw I tried bing and it rarely comes back with results that i can use in more specific searches. re-wording my searches in bing doesn't seem to vary the results as well as google either. I also find it ironic that it's always been easier to use Google to find things on microsofts web page than it is to use bing or their previous search algorithm for said site.
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    doomtomb , August 12, 2009 7:25 AM
    Tried it out myself. So far seems to be faster than the older engine.
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    nukemaster , August 12, 2009 12:24 PM
    back_by_demandDoes this mean that kids will search for porn, sex and Fred much quicker?http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Symant [...] -4417.html

    Yes, It was optimized for those(top 10) searches :p 
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    skalagon , August 12, 2009 12:58 PM
    The empire strikes back!
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    zak_mckraken , August 12, 2009 1:10 PM
    Quote:
    By heading here, end-users will notice that the search engine looks the same. (...) and that most users won't actually notice a difference in search results.
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    So... it looks the same and the results are the same. How exactly is that an improvement!?
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    E7130 , August 12, 2009 2:30 PM
    gekko668Nice. Looks like google sees bing as a treat and decide to amp up their search engine.


    Or just like any company they want to improve on their product. Look at how many times MS has changed its search engine. Or Apple as updated its line of computers.
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    wifiwolf , August 12, 2009 3:17 PM
    In computers business change is not an option. I'm still looking.
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    fulle , August 12, 2009 3:19 PM
    Doing some tests, the results come up slightly different... and I think there's a slight improvement in the new results. As an example, searching for tech questions, the lame Experts Exchange site comes up a litter further down in the results, and a few non-relevant hits got moved out of the top 10 results. Its nothing most people will notice, but, I think there is an improvement... I like it.
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    jojesa , August 12, 2009 4:28 PM
    The only thing I see is that results appear slightly in different order, depending on who is searching this could be either good or not. By the way, the link at the bottom of the page that says "Dissatisfied? Help us improve." it has been around in the old engine result page @ www.google.com
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    omnimodis78 , August 12, 2009 4:47 PM
    back_by_demandDoes this mean that kids will search for porn, sex and Fred much quicker?http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Symant [...] -4417.html

    Dude - you made my day with this comment! Thanks for the laugh! :) 
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    downer88 , August 12, 2009 6:15 PM
    Are the "improvements" to Google actually people paying to have their websites moved up the list? Will we soon have to go to page 2,3+ to get real results from any search engine?
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    eddieroolz , August 13, 2009 6:57 AM
    Not going back from Bing.
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