Google Search Gets Fresher With Caffeine Extension

By Sam Gibbs on at

Google's continually refining its search to keep ahead, and its latest update is no exception. Big G has prioritised breaking news with a 'freshness algorithm' update to Caffeine that'll affect over one-third of all search results, getting more current.

Google's Amit Singhal said:

"Given the incredibly fast pace at which information moves in today's world, the most recent information can be from the last week, day or even minute, and depending on the search terms, the algorithm needs to be able to figure out if a result from a week ago about a TV show is recent, or if a result from a week ago about breaking news is too old."

People looking for news about what's happening in-the-here-and-now have turned to Twitter, with the UK riots and Middle Eastern revolutions a prime example. Maybe with Google getting fresh on us, search might be the place to be again. Or at least point us in the right direction -- probably back to Twitter. [Google via TechRadar]