In a recent interview with Web Pro News, Matt Cutts (Google) talks about Google Caffeine, the impending Google algorithm update which is set to be fully in place in January of next year, but will actually already be working on one data center before the holidays. He also mentioned that load speed will become a factor in the algorithm… meaning you get plus points if your page loads fast and that can help the ranking for that page. I believe that to have been a factor a long time ago though.
They don’t want to get webmaster up in arms again with an update right before holiday season where webmasters found their rankings disappear, and visitor and sales stats plummet. That happened already some years ago with the Florida update.
Watch the interview with Web Pro News below.