Google previews next-gen search

Asks developers to weigh in on new system that aims for greater accuracy in results and faster indexing speeds

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Google previews next-gen search Google is asking developers to weigh in on new system that aims to deliver better search results. (Getty Images)
By  Vineetha Menon Published  August 11, 2009

The search scene is heating up. Barely two weeks after Microsoft and Yahoo! announced their landmark search alliance, Google has revealed that it’s working on the architecture of its next-gen web search.

According to the Google Webmaster Central blog post, a team of employees have been working on the ‘secret project’ for the last few months, which is the first step to a new search that promises more relevant results.

The process “will let us push the envelope on size, indexing speed, accuracy, comprehensiveness and other dimensions,” the blog post states.

The company has gone live with a web developer preview of the new infrastructure at - www2.sandbox.google.com - and is looking for feedback on the differences between Google’s current search results and the new system. Most users won’t notice a difference in the search results generated but Google believes that web developers and ‘power searchers’ might be able to identify a few differences worth knowing about.

Developers can weigh in by doing a search on the preview site and then scrolling down for the link that says "Dissatisfied? Help us improve" at the bottom of the result page.

Once your feedback has been typed in, you have to include the word ‘caffeine’ anywhere in the text box before submitting it to Google.

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