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Google's Caffeine Search Engine Goes Live

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Google gets caffeinated at one data center, with plans to expand after the holidays.

Google's Matt Cutts has confirmed that the new Caffeine search engine is starting to slowly roll out of its test tube, and is now working at 50-percent in the 209.85.225.103 data center. The Search Engine Roundtable received the confirmation by email, with an additional revelation that Google always had plans to introduce Caffeine on one data center only before going fully caffeinated.

Softpedia added that there are reports (threads) of changes in search results rankings. The altered search results stemmed from the IP address listed above, leading websites to speculate that perhaps Google was finally implementing its Caffeine-based infrastructure update.

According to a recent statement from Cutts, Caffeine isn't expected to officially hit the Internet until after the holidays. Until then, just the one server will experience the full goodness of Caffeine until at least January.

While many websites may see changes in the search engine listings, Cutts said that everyone should avoid generalizing. There may be times when the current de-caffeinated Google search engine is simply working at peak performance.

"I think it's really risky to take a few threads and turn that into a major Google update," he said, pointing to one website's claim that the ranking was altered by Caffeine.

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    Anonymous , December 1, 2009 6:37 PM
    Looks like Google finally woke up and smelled the coffee! :D 
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    Anonymous , December 1, 2009 6:37 PM
    Looks like Google finally woke up and smelled the coffee! :D 
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    lifelesspoet , December 1, 2009 7:06 PM
    I was getting pretty tired of google searches lately, hopefully caffeine will wake up the industry.
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    sunflier , December 1, 2009 7:22 PM
    I'm sure there's a lot of google users frothing at the mouth.
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    maydaynomore , December 1, 2009 7:31 PM
    I am completely confused. Coffee is something I drink in the morning to wake up. What does that have to do with Goodle.
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    flaminggerbil , December 1, 2009 7:54 PM
    Ehhh, so what the hell is this about?
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    Manos , December 1, 2009 8:04 PM
    I have to try for myself. Lately ive been using more and more Bing as a search engine. Its way better when you are looking for video related trsults for example. YOu know what I mean if you have used it. And the way the image searches work is also way better than google. Bad thing is that Bing isnt as "full" of results as google yet but its really impressive of how good its turned so fast.

    Anyhow. Hope Kafeine turns into also a new option cause regular google is dying for me.
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    Anonymous , December 1, 2009 8:15 PM
    Bing has been gaining ground over Google lately and by infusing Google with Caffeine, hopefully Google will be able to regain their #1 position by making their search results better.

    I Just Hope that what ever this Google Caffeine is, that it'll help to eliminate search engine poisoning.

    - Coffee is the Blood of Life and the basic essence of coffee is caffeine and pure roasted flavour.
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    outacontrolpimp , December 1, 2009 9:52 PM
    Correct Rab1d
    Bing can die :) 
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    gayan , December 1, 2009 10:36 PM
    can some one explain what this whole caffeine business is? Is google getting in to the coffee business too? :-s
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    ellmondo , December 1, 2009 11:31 PM
    gayancan some one explain what this whole caffeine business is? Is google getting in to the coffee business too? :-s
    it mainly consists of changes to the way sites are indexed, which should give you more relevant results once implemented.
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    wongster , December 1, 2009 11:43 PM
    wtf does getting caffeinated mean in terms of google? so confused right now...
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    gayan , December 1, 2009 11:49 PM
    ellmondoit mainly consists of changes to the way sites are indexed, which should give you more relevant results once implemented.


    Aha.... thanks mate....
    but anyways, I have always found what I have been looking for in the first 5 search items on Google, so why bother to change everything?
    (on the other hand I do think they need to modernize the way they present the results, in a more categoriesd way...but hopefully they dnt bloat it so it gets slow to load etc etc)
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    jawshoeaw , December 2, 2009 2:23 AM
    Yah, google is getting a little annoying - hard to find what you are looking for unless you are trying to buy something. So google is a good shopper, sort of, but a bad search engine in general, or at least a tedious one. Of course, the other search engines are worse imo.... What do you expect for free?
    And can google drop the whole "10 bazillion hits found" nonsense. Who checks deeper than like, page 3, if at all beyond first few hits. Just show the first fifty hits and get over yourself.
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    JohnnyLucky , December 2, 2009 2:33 AM
    Doesn't google know caffeine is bad for humans?
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    molskin , December 2, 2009 4:16 AM
    At first I perked up when i heard this news. Now the prospect of another google service makes me jittery.
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    shamgar , December 2, 2009 11:36 AM
    but can caffeine play crysis?
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    sublifer , December 2, 2009 12:41 PM
    wongsterwtf does getting caffeinated mean in terms of google? so confused right now...

    Agreed. This is a WTF article. Nobody knows wtf google caffeine is! Bad form Kevin... shoulda at least written clearly or provided a link for what Caffeine (in this sense) is.
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    Someguyperson , December 2, 2009 2:19 PM
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    everyone should avoid generalizing


    I agree, people in the world should stop generalizing. Everything's bad like that.
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    joebob2000 , December 2, 2009 2:33 PM
    jawshoeawAnd can google drop the whole "10 bazillion hits found" nonsense. Who checks deeper than like, page 3, if at all beyond first few hits. Just show the first fifty hits and get over yourself.


    They do just show the first x hits (where x is the result per page count that you choose). The total hits is nice to know since it gives me an easy way to tell how specific or general my search was. It also lets me "google battle" issues by deciding a winner based on how many google hits their search evokes.
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    1pp1k10k4m1 , December 5, 2009 2:20 AM
    @jawshoeaw

    ...apparently someone doesn't understand much if any of the underlying technology behind google. It's incredible, like it or not. Apparently you also don't know how to do very effective searches if you're getting that many hits. Additionally, you may want to look at the generally poor SEO that's out there and realize that the fact that Google found anything relevant is incredible with some sites. I mean, it couldn't be the poor SEO of "webmasters" and their complete lack of metadata and accurate and descriptive terms. It must be google 140+ list of items on how to optimize your website for their search engine. Really??
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