Mink Machine

Google adds more caffeine

Google has just updated their indexing machine, calling the new system Caffeine. This has been in the works since last summer. To honor its name, the index is refreshed much faster than before. Or should I say more often, since the word fast is a bit relative when it comes to Google.

Caffeine processes over 100 000 pages in parallel each second, adding over 100 000 gigabytes of data to the index each day. An index that is already over 100 million gigabytes large. It’s fully understandable that this operation exceeds the time of a short coffee break.

Aside from these mind-boggling numbers, I find their undertaking very impressive. And it looks like Google likes me too, since this site turns up at place 5 in a total of 21 800 000 result pages.

However the improved indexing speed does have some implications. What does this mean for SEO hijackers who infest web sites every day to improve their ranking? The fast index also makes it more important than ever to think first before publishing anything on the web, because once your stuff gets into the index it will likely survive your own lifespan.

Comments

No comments yet.

Post a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Featured stories

Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

"Inside the church there are still traces of rune inscriptions made during the Viking age by Varangians, an elite guard made up of Scandinavian immigrant warriors."

Conquering Machu Picchu

"A life-long dream came true this morning, as I stood upon the mountain looking down at Machu Picchu. I felt like some strange mix between Indiana Jones and a small boy, gazing down upon the final treasure of the Incas."

Bunker safari

"The area contains 54 excavated bunkers along with gun emplacements, scattered around the town’s most visible landmark."

On the Trans-Siberian

"Since the toilets were locked during the seven hour stop, we had to bribe the provodnitsas to use the facilities. Then came the Mongols."

I still love you, New York

"Now I’m back and our roles are somewhat reversed. Like River Song and the Doctor, we meet again under different circumstances."

The dark days of Sarajevo

"The city survived on the edge of annihilation and has started to recover, but the stone walls still seem to cry out in lament of all the horrible things they have seen."