Google Caffeine is going live ready…set…wait?! According to a recent announcement from Matt Cutts, the Caffeine update is being released to one unnamed data center in order for them to continue to collect data and fix any bugs.
However, the full Caffeine update will slowly be released to the rest of the data centers only after the holiday season is over. He went so far as to say that he knows how anxious webmasters get this time of year. Well, thanks Matt. Thanks for not tossing the search index into a blender and hitting puree until early 2010.
Immediately following this announcement, the sandbox site was taken down and replaced with a thank you message along with a short description of what comes next.
"Based on the success we've seen, we believe Caffeine is ready for a larger audience. Soon we will activate Caffeine more widely, beginning with one data center. This sandbox is no longer necessary and has been retired, but we appreciate the testing and positive input that webmasters and publishers have given."
As you wait for the Caffeine update to take effect and press forward to get the most out of the rushed holiday season, we will be keeping an eye out for any major changes that are on the horizon.
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