Matt Cutts Returns to WebmasterWorld: Caffeine Launch After Holidays

Nov 11, 2009 • 8:54 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

Yesterday we reported that the Google Caffeine index is launching right before the holiday season. I wrote my post like that, simply because I was in shock to see this being rolled out, even "slowly" before the holiday season. Honestly, I believe this took Google's Matt Cutts by surprise as well. While on vacation/work in Las Vegas, Matt wrote a blog post explaining this will not be launched on more than one data center prior to the holiday season.

Again, this is not fully rolling out until after the holiday season. Thank you Matt.

Matt also broke his one year streak of not posting at WebmasterWorld, with a post in the Caffeine WebmasterWorld thread yesterday saying:

I thought about including "Don't Panic!" from the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy in my post, but decided not to. :)

cangoou, in a little while, you'll have Caffeine to try out at a full data center. I don't expect the results to change much from the developer preview to the data center, nor from the data center to the full roll out.

barretire, some people might be stressed by waiting, but I think more people were stressed about the idea of Caffeine rolling out during the holidays.

At any rate, I'll be talking at PubCon on Thursday, so I can discuss Caffeine and can answer questions for folks that are still stressed. :)

I probably stressed a few people out with my original post. But we needed clarification and we got it. Personally, I think this all came to a shock to many of the folks at Google Webmaster Central and Matt Cutts but it should not be an issue for most online retailers until after the holidays. Even then, Google hopes the search results are somewhat transparent to searchers and webmasters.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld & Sphinn.

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Comments:

Matt Cutts

11/12/2009 06:28 am

"Honestly, I believe this took Google's Matt Cutts by surprise as well." Nope, it wasn't a surprise. All along the roll out plan has called for the next stage to be deploying Caffeine at one data center. If you watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovbjCsQtfCk and go about three minutes in, you can hear me say that in my interview with Mike at SES San Jose.

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