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This Is How Fast Google Is Now

So I knew Google had rolled out some pretty impressive speed updates in the last few months, and were updating portions of their index much more rapidly than they’ve ever done before, but I’d not had a first hand experience of it myself until just now.

  1. Person makes thread on talking about Starbucks’ new logo
  2. About an hour later I post a comment, mentioning how conspiracy theorist retards think the logo contains the Eye Of Osiris
  3. ~5 minutes later OP replies to me
  4. ~5 minutes later I see there’s been a reply, so go to Google and search starbucks eye of osiris to find mention of these idiots, to demonstrate to OP
  5. I find my own comment from listed #3 in the results
  6. Spook!

Now, is moderately busy. It had about 5,000 new people sign up to it at the start of the year, so it’s got reasonable traffic and presence, but in the grand scheme of things is a drop in the ocean. Yet a fresh comment made to it has appeared in Google’s index within 10 minutes. That’s pretty astonishing, considering the size of Google’s index.

Of course, it could be that it’s only indexing the site once per day and this day’s crawl just happened to coincide with my comment, but… it’s awfully coincidental, if so.


Update O’Clock

Hrm. Not 5 minutes after making this post, the post itself is now appearing third. From my tiny blog, that gets no visitors, and is by several orders of magnitude a much tinier drop in the ocean than


Steve • 8th January 2011

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  1. Rick 8th January 2011 - 14:31

    Maybe google knows you posted it so is tailoring your results?

  2. Sven 8th January 2011 - 14:33

    Sites such as WP and 365 “ping” google telling it the page has changed. So google is just following instructions.

  3. Steve 8th January 2011 - 14:40

    Yeah I did forget this when I posted, but still, from crawl time to index and search result inside of a few minutes is impressive

  4. Steve 8th January 2011 - 14:41

    Maybe they’re tailoring everything… they’ve got my phone now too… ¬_¬

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