Google Caffeine Beta: a not quite review

Google released a developers preview of their new search tool, Caffeine, which they claim will improve Google search’s

  • Speed
  • Accuracy
  • Size & Comprehensiveness

The developers version is pre-beta, which really means absolutely nothing when in context with Google, and is fully functional so I took it through a few hoops.

  1. Speed
  2. Accuracy
  3. Index size

1. Speed
I searched for “SharePoint” and got the following results:

Caffeine:

  • Results 1: 110 of about 21,100,000 for SharePoint. (0.20 seconds)
  • Results 2: 110 of about 21,100,000 for SharePoint. (0.10 seconds)
  • Results 3: 110 of about 21,100,000 for SharePoint. (0.12 seconds)

Current:

  • Results 1: 1 10 of about 17,200,000 for SharePoint. (0.14 seconds)
  • Results 2: 1 10 of about 17,200,000 for SharePoint. (0.09 seconds)
  • Results 3: 110 of about 17,200,000 for SharePoint. (0.12 seconds)

Conclusion
Looks like keywords, and their strings, relevancy just increased. As did the index which may explain the almost consist lag in speed, though that could be a resource issue too. All told, possibly just a useless exercise as it is after all, still in “Beta”… However, I do look forward to the imminent deluge of posts that will compare Caffeine to Bing and invariably delve into fanboyism.