Google Next-Generation Search Engine is Already Here For You

by Ramesh Natarajan on August 10, 2009

Google LogoGoogle is opening up the web developer preview of next-generation search engine for you to play around and provide feedback to Google.

From Google website:

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.

From the look and feel there is no difference. For some of the keywords that I searched, I noticed some slight difference in the search results ranking between the current google.com and this new sandbox.

Google is also interested in hearing your feedback on this web developer preview site.

Do a search at http://www2.sandbox.google.com/ and look on the search results page for a link at the bottom of the page that says “Dissatisfied? Help us improve.” Click on that link, type your feedback in the text box and then include the word caffeine somewhere in the text box

What do you think about this new Google search engine? Do you see any difference between the current google.com and this new sandbox?


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1 runlevel0 August 11, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Well, the only difference at first glance is that you get the number of hits on the right side of the suggested search term.

Of course, the advantage and beauty of Google reides in being simple and staying simple. There’s surely a lot of change internally and I guess that advanced users will be able to make more things with Google, but what’s important is that it stays as always and that the normal people can find something that they know an trust.

MS’ Bing offers a new interface, new way of searching and for now less results, thus for the almost everybody the option is clear: Stay with that what you know. This creates a feedback effect (a ‘vicious circle’ of you see it from MS’ or Yahoo’s point of view) and it will make it very difficult for any competitor to reach a critical mass that enables them to compete in the search engine market. I know that competition is good, but this market is special: Nobody will decide whether to search with one or the other. This is easy to explain as we do indeed use the search engine to have a base to take a decision: We will decide which site to visit or select a list of sites and documents on which to base a decision or investigation. In this context taking a decision to enable us to take other decisions is a bit redundant, and we will use the easiest solution.

Easy does not always mean that what others pre-install to force us to use their choices, else everybody would be using MS Live Search. In this case, easy means something that first comes to our minds. And in this sense Google is more than these mega-brands like Coca-Cola: We can drink any coke and say that we are drinking a ‘coca-cola’ (in many countries like Spain this is a fact) using the trademark as a generic name… in the case of Google we do indeed go for the real thing and open http://www.google.com when we want to ‘google’ something.

2 Mahesh August 11, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Thanks, made the link my home page. So far, I’m pressed with the results for few of the queries I tried.

3 Nakul Ramanna August 13, 2009 at 12:14 am

This is literature review made easy for any researcher. Was thoroughly impressed with the search outputs and accuracy!

4 Ramesh Natarajan August 14, 2009 at 8:47 am

@runlevel0,

Wow. Excellent and in-depth opinion about google search. Thanks for the insight.

@Mahesh,

I’ve also set Google new sandbox as my home page.

@Nakul,

Yeah. I noticed the same. Thanks for the comment.

5 sachin September 23, 2009 at 5:05 am

Its almost same only the Google search and I’m feeling lucky buttons are droping down

6 sachin September 23, 2009 at 5:18 am

Also the REMOVE option is coming for customized search

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