Google announced this week a project it has been working on to develop a faster, more accurate, and more comprehensive search engine. The announcement of the project, code-named ‘Caffeine’ (a clever play on words implying that the project will boost speed), seems a little out of character for Google which usually makes these sort of search engine tweaks under the radar. One thing that the announcement of Caffeine accomplished though is to divert attention away from Microsoft’s Bing search engine and the Microsoft/Yahoo partnership news and put Google search back in the headlines, as mentioned by Tony Bradley in his PC World’s article.

The project’s still under construction but Google is now quite confident about the new version of its search engine and has released the Caffeine vession for public usage.

Google states that the aim of developing a new search engine is to improve the Crawling, Indexing and returning most relevant pages. Below is a small extract from Google’s official blog :

To build a great web search engine, you need to:

  1. Crawl a large chunk of the web.
  2. Index the resulting pages and compute how reputable those pages are.
  3. Rank and return the most relevant pages for users’ queries as quickly as possible.

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.

Stay tuned for more.

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