Google has begun testing ‘Caffeine’, a new search engine that indexes content faster, in a bid to compete with real-time search services offered by Facebook and Twitter. Web developers have been invited by Google engineers to test the new search engine and give their feedback. Caffeine looks and functions in a similar way to Google’s standard engine, but the back end technology will index new content faster and reduce the time between new content being published online and it then appearing in a Google search result.
Matt Cutts, a principal engineer at Google and Sitaram Iyer, a staff software engineer posted an entry on the company’s webmaster central blog, appealing to developers to try the newly improved service and send them some feedback.
“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,” they explained.
A Google spokesperson added: “”Google is always working on new technologies to improve the quality of our search services. We hope this new system will improve search in the areas of speed, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.”