Algorithm Updates: 11 Years of Google
A brief history of Google’s algorithm updates:
2013 – Google unveiled its Hummingbird Algorithm update, focused on improved recognition of natural language and better user experience.
2014 – The Panda Algorithm update was released to penalize content-heavy websites while boosting more concise, authoritative sources.
2015 – The RankBrain algorithm was released, utilizing machine learning to process and interpret search queries more efficiently.
2016 – Google’s Possum Algorithm update rolled out, altering local search results and enabling the recognition of subtle differences between locations.
2017 – The Fred Algorithm update focused on cleaning up the search results page by penalizing websites with an excessive number of ad placements.
2018 – The Mobile-First Index update prioritized websites that offer a better user experience on mobile devices.
2019 – The BERT algorithm was launched to interpret natural language searches better.
2020 – Google Neural Machine Translation (GNMT) Update was launched to update Google to automatically translate texts from one language to another more quickly and accurately than ever before.
2021 – Algorithm Switch: Google replaced its traditional algorithms with an advanced artificial intelligence system to give better results. This has allowed for faster searches with more relevant results.
2022 – Google added Sentiment Analysis capabilities, allowing the search engine to accurately analyze users’ emotions when typing queries and make relevant search suggestions.
2023 – Google added facial recognition technology integrated into all searches.