Google jolts Internet search with rollout of Caffeine

Posted June 9, 2010 at 11:02 a.m.

McClatchy-Tribune News | Internet giant Google is putting some buzz into its search results, announcing on its official blog late Tuesday that it has completed its new Caffeine search index.

“Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for Web searches than our last index, and it’s the largest collection of Web content we’ve offered,” Carrie Grimes, a Google software engineer, said in the post.

“Whether it’s a news story, a blog or a forum post, you can now find
links to relevant content much sooner after it is published than was
possible ever before,” Grimes wrote.

Google is now analyzing smaller portions of the Web, then immediately
updating its search index, Grimes wrote. Before, Google might analyze
the entire Web before updating its results, so a lag of several weeks
could be possible before some new Internet pages were included.

Google remains the leader in the Internet search market, by far.
According to Experian Hitwise, it had a 71.4 percent share of Web
searches in April, followed by Yahoo at 15 percent and Microsoft’s Bing
at 9.4 percent.

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