Google has unveiled Caffeine, a “next-generation architecture” for its Web search platform. The retooled search engine is said to be faster, more accurate, and more comprehensive than the current Google search setup.
Caffeine is a revamped version of Google’s actual search engine — the code that finds your answers when you type in queries.
Where can I see it?
Google has set up a Web developer preview of Caffeine that you can test at http://www2.sandbox.google.com/. That site only works on a regular Web browser as of now; you can’t test it via your mobile phone just yet.
How is Caffeine different from the current Google search engine?
The formula itself, in some ways, has changed. Google engineers have actually rewritten parts of the search engine’s infrastructure. Of course, Google isn’t disclosing exactly what has been altered, but in a nutshell, search results show up faster and in a somewhat different order. The difference may or may not even be noticeable to you.
What’s an example of how search results show up differently in Caffeine?
Doesn’t Google change its search algorithm pretty regularly?
Yes — in fact, some accounts suggest the code is tweaked on a daily or near-daily basis. The Caffeine update, presumably, is considered significant enough of a change to warrant more user testing before it is fully implemented; it’s described by some as being the biggest infrastructure update to Google’s search system in about three years.
How do I tell Google what I think about Caffeine?
After you search for something on the Caffeine developer site, you’ll see a link at the bottom of the page that says: “Dissatisfied? Help us improve.” Click that link to send feedback.