What’s Going On with Google Cache?

7 Jul

It seems like Google’s testing out some stuff with the setup of their cached pages. Below are two screen shots of the cached page of Wiep.net. The first one is the “original” one, which was reached by clicking on the “cached” link of the top result at Google.com. When trying to see the cached version of my homepage via Google’s Dutch version, I noticed (and Martijn and Heini noticed the same thing) that this version does not have a date of cache retrieval nor a link to the ‘cached text only’ version.

This is the original version:


And this is the “Dutch” version:

It’s not data center based -both cached versions above were requested from the same data center IP-, but it seems to be language based, as the Dutch version of Google Belgium shows the same version as well.

To make this even stranger, the “cache” link that Google provides on every cached page (top left), does not work anymore. This link points to http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/features.html#cached, but their is no cache anchor present on the page. In fact, the word anchor doesn’t even get mentioned on the page, in contrast to, let’s say, about a year ago.

Is this strange or is it just me?

4 Responses to “What’s Going On with Google Cache?”

  1. brewgin July 7, 2008 at 2:43 pm #

    Noticed the same thing early last week and fired off an email to Joost, but he hadn’t noticed it at the time.

    Go to this url Joost gave me:
    http://64.233.183.104/search?q=cache:lQP-cYr4zfcJ:yoast.com/articles/wordpress-seo/+wordpress+seo&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2 and you should see the date.

    Now visit the page through Google’s cache link:
    http://209.85.135.104/search?q=cache:lQP-cYr4zfcJ:yoast.com/articles/wordpress-seo/+wordpress+seo&hl=nl&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=nl and it’s gone.

    In my opinion, it’s a pain in the bum. Even though the date information isn’t realtime, I’d like to know when they last visited so I can make sure they can get to the page.

  2. brewgin July 7, 2008 at 2:46 pm #

    Sorry for the double post…

    First link = English G
    Second link = Dutch G

  3. Tom Broekhoven July 9, 2008 at 10:47 am #

    Allso noticed this change. It’s like they stopped giving detailed information for the cached page. I really liked the text only version. It was such a help to showing off to people how Google looks at their Website.

    Now I will just use a tweaked version of Opera instead …

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