Facebook engineers did not build a better version of Google
This effort to improve Google’s search results from some engineers at Facebook, Twitter and MySpace has gotten some attention lately. Except that’s completely misleading. They didn’t build a better version of Google. They built a way to swap content on Google’s own result pages with different results. There’s a difference, and it’s important.
Google is now officially using site speed in web search ranking
Link: Google is now officially using site speed in web search ranking You may have heard that here at Google we’re obsessed with speed, in our products and on the web. As part of that effort, today we’re including a new signal in our search ranking algorithms: site speed.