Sunday, February 12, 2006

Size of the Googlesphere: 0.1964E-89 googols

Google no longer reports the number of documents that it has crawled and indexed on it's opening screen. But you can deduce a rough approximate number using some tricks.

As of today, the number of documents in the is 19,640,000,000 or 19.64 billion. That's down 2,430,000,000 (2.43 billion) documents since last week (22,070,000,000 or 22.07 billion on 2/5/06).

Another measure suggests that the Googlesphere has 24,590,000,000 or 24.59 billion documents, but I'll stick with my other measure for now.

These numbers are only approximations on the part of Google.

BTW, that's 0.1964E-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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