FAQ: All About The New Google "Hummingbird" Algorithm
Google has a new search algorithm, the system it uses to sort through all the information it has when you search and come back with answers. It’s called “Hummingbird” and below, what we know about it so far. What’s a “search algorithm?” That’s a technical term for what you can think of as a recipe that Google uses to sort through the billions of web pages and other information it has, in order to return what it believes are the best answers. What’s “Hummingbird?” It’s the name of the new search algorithm that Google is using, one that Google says should return better results. So that “PageRank” algorithm is dead? No. Why is it called Hummingbird? Google told us the name come from being “precise and fast.” When did Hummingbird start? Google started using Hummingbird about a month ago, it said. What does it mean that Hummingbird is now being used? Think of a car built in the 1950s. When’s the last time Google replaced its algorithm this way? The new engine is using old parts? Yes. We don’t know.
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