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How frequently are new questions indexed by search engines?

In the past, I believe I've noticed that SO questions appear on Google within about half an hour.

However, I gave this answer 5 hours ago and Google still gives no results.

Are frequent updates only for questions?

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marked as duplicate by random, Robert Cartaino, perbert, alex, ChrisF Feb 2 '10 at 14:30

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@random: Those aren't duplicates. I saw those questions when writing this one. They don't even mention the indexing frequency. – SLaks Feb 2 '10 at 1:59
How about this one then:… – Robert Cartaino Feb 2 '10 at 2:23
Then this would be more about asking Google since SO doesn't control Google. – random Feb 2 '10 at 2:25
Why the downvotes? It's a good - but duplicate - question. Duplicates should get closed, not downvoted. Now I gave him a sympathy upvote, which I wouldn't have done if he wasn't downvoted, and so he got 6 free rep. =p – Andreas Bonini Feb 2 '10 at 3:43
@Koper Do not do sympathy upvotes, ever, under any circumstances, for any reason at all. – nb69307 Feb 2 '10 at 14:07
@Koper Pity upvotes basically destroy the system. If someone posts a bad question, getting a single upvote will nullify 5 downvotes that say the question does not deserve its place. – alex Feb 2 '10 at 14:25
@Koper: FYI: When I am elected moderator I will suspend you pity upvoting. Pity upvoting is a recognized problem with Stack Overflow and is considered harmful. You are admitting to willfully harming Stack Overflow and therefore should not continue doing so unpunished. – XMLbog Feb 2 '10 at 14:34
When you pity upvote you tell everyone that you don't read what you're voting on. @kop – random Feb 2 '10 at 14:35
@koper I don't downvote duplicates - I vote to close them. On meta I don't have the rep to do this, so I leave them alone. – nb69307 Feb 2 '10 at 14:57

Google indexes websites when it feels good and ready.

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It's finally been indexed, 6 hours later.

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So the answer is 6 hours later? – Arjan Feb 2 '10 at 14:08
@Arjan: What do you mean? – SLaks Feb 2 '10 at 14:29
The Google search result says 12 hours ago, whereas the answer says 18 hours ago. Thus, 6 hours later. – SLaks Feb 2 '10 at 14:30
finally? 6 hours from conception to index is pretty quick. If you're not impressed by that I'm sure there's a timing element to this, too. I've seen search results point back to questions I asked less than an hour ago... – Michael Haren Feb 2 '10 at 14:37
What, do you want Google to crawl all over stalkoverflow (I actually wrote that accidentally!) again and again every few minutes, slowing down StackOverflow to a crawl itself? (Google has more resources than SO, so I bet they could take it down... Yes! Google must turn evil!) – Mateen Ulhaq Mar 30 '11 at 23:41

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