Earlier this week, at the webmaster's office hours on August 18th with John Mueller, I asked John for more details about the first Google indexing bug on August 10th, and then if he could provide details about what happened last Saturday, August 15th, happened. The short answer is: No, he cannot share any more on any of these topics.
The picture above is supposed to show that John was a little informed on the subject. He said, "Sometimes we don't have a lot of internal details to share." Not necessarily because there is nothing to share, but sometimes he said that "there are a lot of systems on Google and sometimes when something bizarre happens for a really short period of time they just go out and fix it without letting everyone know." . ""
Whatever happened on Saturday was brief (although I think it lasted all day) but I think fewer people noticed because it was a Saturday and Google didn't really dig deep into what happened because they felt that a public statement was not required?
Here is the video that starts in the video at 1:30 p.m.:
Unfortunately, I can't change the YouTube thumbnail so I did my best with the image above. 🙂 🙂
Here is the transcript:
John Mueller: We have Barry's top question. Can you comment more about the failure of the indexing system on August 10th and maybe what happened last Saturday? Check out your favorite SEO blog for more information. How do you know what my favorite SEO blog Barry is like? How do you read my email
I don't have any further information. I feel like the August 10th issue can be resolved relatively quickly and I don't know if the team would have more information to share
about this publicly. And as for the one on the 15th, I don't know exactly what happened there.
But that also seemed like something that even you didn't really see what exactly was changing, just like how everyone was complaining and then suddenly was gone. Maybe that was just something very short.
Barry Schwartz: I think it wasn't just short because I wasn't back online until Saturday night, but I think it happened on Saturday morning. I mean, there are some screenshots from Glenn Gabe and other folks that show some pretty significant changes. Um and then at some point at night things went back, at least in the east. Are you aware of something that went wrong, not to tell me exactly what went wrong, but did something go wrong?
John Mueller: I don't know. I dont know. I really don't have any additional information on this. I mean there are a lot of systems on Google and sometimes when something bizarre happens for a really short period of time they just go out and fix it without letting everyone know. I think the earlier edition seemed like a bigger one, and that's why it took a bit longer to get everything overhauled and we tweeted about it at the end.
Sometimes we don't have a lot of internal details to share.
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