It appears that there is a never ending cycle of new developments constantly taking place at Google these days. If it is not tweaks to SERPs, it is the launch of a new product or developments within the Google infrastructure. This is something that has always served Google well, and something which will continue to help keep them at the forefront of the search industry for a good time yet (but thats another post )
It is therefore no major surprise to see Google on the lookout for testers to help refine their next generation search infrastructure. According to the post on Google Webmaster Central
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.
Those wishing to help test the new system should go to:
At present Google are only looking for differences in the results between those on the above URL and those on the traditional search results. At present and through limited testing I have only spotted nominal differences, so it will would be good to further test the refinements.
To read the full post from Google go to http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/08/help-test-some-next-generation.html
To read Matt Cutts post on the Caffeine Update – http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/caffeine-update/