Monday, January 30, 2006

UPDATE: Size of the Googlesphere: fell back to 0.968E-90 googols, or maybe it really is still at 0.1122E-89 googols

My understanding is that Google hosts multiple copies of its database of Web pages, and that sometimes they get out of sync. That may be what we're seeing now.

My current test shows that Google has indexed 9.68 billion Web pages, but just yesterday the same test showed 11.22 billion. And tomorrow it will show... We'll see how many days it takes for the size to stabilize... before it changes again.

As of yesterday, the number of documents in the was 11,220,000,000 or 11.22 billion. That was up 1,540,000,000 (1.54 billion) documents.

These numbers are only approximations on the part of Google.

BTW, that's 0.1122E-89 googols (1 is 1.0E+100). The beavers at Google have a very long way to go to live up to their name. Or maybe they should blame bloggers for not generating new documents at a fast-enough pace.

-- Jack Krupansky


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