We focused 100% of our time on completely refurbishing our underlying event engine - essentially taking a volkswagen engine out and putting a Ferrari engine in. This new engine sports:
- Much faster indexing - the median amount of time it takes from when someone posts something on their weblog to when it is captured and searchable via our live database is 7 minutes.
- Much faster querying - our goal is to have every search query take less than a second, even as the database is being continuously updated. We added a query timer at the top of every results page so you can judge for yourself.
- Much more scalable - We built this distributed database system to scale. As we track more events, we add more machines to scale. As our user traffic increases, we add more machines to scale. This should continue to work for quite some time, so we're eager to test under load.
- Much better internationalization support - The database is entirely in UTF-8, a character set that encompasses a significant number (well, all) of non-english languages, including Japanese, Farsi, Hebrew, and many others. You can see results in multiple languages all on the same page. Localization should be significantly easier.
- A new, smarter spider/crawler, which understands weblog posts and blogrolls much better than our old spider. You'll note that on our results pages, many results offer a "Read Full Post" capability, which take you directly to the entire microcontent post that created the link.
- A redone results page, which should load faster, and is designed for non-browser usage as well. Lots has been moved to CSS, and we've added a nifty pager widget at the top and bottom of each page of results.From Sifry's Alerts: New Technorati Infrastructure beta test!
Referenced Tue Jan 20 2004 10:50:30 GMT-0700
This is very welcome--I've found Technorati very useful, but sometimes slow enough that I gave up and did something else. That's not surprising since From my little bit of playing around, Dave and team succeeded in replacing the Volkswagen with a Ferrari. The new site seems very fast, but of course its probably also lightly loaded right now.