Google Algorithm Update: Hummingbird

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Google Algorithm Update: Hummingbird
Not sure if any one have heard or read yet, but lastweek Google introduced a major new search algorithm update called Hummingbird. Let`s discuss the pros / cons and ramifications!

So WTF is Hummingbird?Here`s a little info about Hummingbird from around the web:


Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolo...bird-algorithm-to-elevate-niche-websites.html


Source: http://searchengineland.com/humming...m-seo-experts-on-googles-new-algorithm-173030


Google has unveiled an upgrade to the way it interprets users' search requests.

The new algorithm, codenamed Hummingbird, is the first major upgrade for three years.

It has already been in use for about a month, and affects about 90% of Google searches.

At a presentation on Thursday, the search giant was short on specifics but said Hummingbird is especially useful for longer and more complex queries.

Google stressed that a new algorithm is important as users expect more natural and conversational interactions with a search engine - for example, using their voice to speak requests into mobile phones, smart watches and other wearable technology.

Hummingbird is focused more on ranking information based on a more intelligent understanding of search requests, unlike its predecessor, Caffeine, which was targeted at better indexing of websites.

It is more capable of understanding concepts and the relationships between them rather than simply words, which leads to more fluid interactions. In that sense, it is an extension of Google's "Knowledge Graph" concept introduced last year aimed at making interactions more human.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24292897
 

Genesis

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OK, I'll be impressed with Google if I can search more quickly on exact sentences so that I can check more quickly for copy paste articles. I used to be able to do that a couple of more years ago, but looks as though Google has become more word focused in searches than sentences even when I put it in inverted commas. So hope Hummingbird will help with that? If yes, then i'll be VERY impressed.

I should also check whether there is software for that. I know they have that for scientific papers to check for plagiarism, maybe I could use something like that.
 

GigaGreg

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Genesis said:
I know they have that for scientific papers to check for plagiarism, maybe I could use something like that.

Thats the point of this feature I think, it makes easier to search by words/sentences to enable teachers/lecturers to search for plagiarism like you said, but thats the big pain for students, as they like to copy word by word, don't proof read and use someone's work.

If you are music fan, you'd love to find your song, but don't remember the name of if? Put the lyrics, I know it was working ages ago, but with humming bird it sounds to be easier and more efficient.
 

Genesis

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Ha! I've just done a little experiment. I copied and pasted this text:

"Although Google has not given away many details, it said that Hummingbird is focused on ranking information based on a more intelligent understanding of search requests. As Internet data volumes explode we increasingly have to type more and more words into Google Search to gain greater accuracy of results. Often we need to conduct multiple searches to find the information we are looking for, which is frustrating and time consuming."

From Chris's quote above - that came from the Daily Telegraph in the UK

And it came up in this article as well:

http://www.businessinsider.com/google-hummingbird-algorithm-2013-10

The above article gave duly credit to the Daily Telegraph, but looks as though whatever has been improved is working for paragraphs as well. Searches are not as word focused as they used to be.