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For example, I posted a question on SO after using Google to try to find an answer. I then turned back to Google and did a search for netbeans validate jtextfield against regex and it was already the first result! Similar searches also put my question on the first page, usually in the top 5!

This is insanity. Did I get lucky and post just before an indexing? Is the popularity of SO leading to Google indexing extremely frequently? Or is Jeff using some kind of crazy SEO?

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Well, I guess that's why Google has become a verb... –  LeakyCode Sep 4 '09 at 13:05
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Just proves how valuable SO has become. :-) –  Wim ten Brink Sep 4 '09 at 13:53

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Yup. As soon as I read a question, it goes straight into the index...

(That's my unfair advantage - no-one else can search for a question until I've read it.)

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Is that your new job at Google; fact-checking all the new pages found by the search spiders? –  Robert Cartaino Sep 4 '09 at 15:25
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@rcartaino: That's just what I do while I'm waiting for my builds to finish... –  Jon Skeet Sep 4 '09 at 16:05
    
Like so: trusko.es/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/compiling.png –  rlb.usa Jun 29 '10 at 21:33
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@rlb.usa: original source: xkcd.com/303 –  Piskvor Dec 21 '10 at 14:10

A recent one: Podcast #66

It’s incredible how aggressive Google’s indexing of our site is; it regularly pulls down a gigabyte of compressed text from us per day, and it wants to do even more. One of the primary motivators for adding a second server is to reduce the traffic load enough so that we can “unleash” google via webmaster tools.

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Ah. I haven't listened to 66 yet. I should do that, I guess. –  Thomas Owens Sep 4 '09 at 13:35

It has been well documented in the past that Google absolutely loves indexing StackOverflow.

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Really? I only saw one blog post by Jeff. Could you provide links? I would love to read more. –  Thomas Owens Sep 4 '09 at 13:21
    
A cursory search: Podcast 010, 011, 012, 065 talks about google indexing SO. Search google.com/… , then do a quick text search on those pages for mentions of google or spider. –  Robert Cartaino Sep 4 '09 at 15:31

In the latest podcast (66) jeff mentions that google is indexing SO insanely. They're thinking about adding another server, so google can index SO even more.

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