Google has announced the completion of a new and improved way of indexing the web called Caffeine. You may have heard the term because Google revealed it back in August 2009. Today, Caffeine is live on Google servers.
“Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than our last index”, the blog post reads, “and it’s the largest collection of web content we’ve offered. 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.“
Google explains how their old indexing system worked compared to Caffeine:
Our old index had several layers, some of which were refreshed at a faster rate than others; the main layer would update every couple of weeks. To refresh a layer of the old index, we would analyze the entire web, which meant there was a significant delay between when we found a page and made it available to you.
With Caffeine, we analyze the web in small portions and update our search index on a continuous basis, globally. As we find new pages, or new information on existing pages, we can add these straight to the index. That means you can find fresher information than ever before—no matter when or where it was published.
Google knows that some people have difficulty understanding without visuals. So they have illustrated the working of the new technology with a graphic. This is the image Google uses.
I know what you are thinking. We are all thinking the same. What the hell does this mean? To me it looks like this guy had carefully stacked his papers, then somebody turned on the fan and everything went flying around the room including his books and camera.
Is this Google’s attempt at humor? If it is, we don’t get it. And if not, then this is one of the most useless and incomprehensible graphic I have ever seen.