Official Google Blog: We knew the web was big…

Official Google Blog: We knew the web was big…We’ve known it for a long time: the web is big. The first Google index in 1998 already had 26 million pages, and by 2000 the Google index reached the one billion mark. Over the last eight years, we’ve seen a lot of big numbers about how much content is really out there. Recently, even our search engineers stopped in awe about just how big the web is these days — when our systems that process links on the web to find new content hit a milestone: 1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once!How do we find all those pages? We start at a set of well-connected initial pages and follow each of their links to new pages. Then we follow the links on those new pages to even more pages and so on, until we have a huge list of links. In fact, we found even more than 1 trillion individual links, but not all of them lead to unique web pages. Many pages have multiple URLs with exactly the same content or URLs that are auto-generated copies of each other. Even after removing those exact duplicates, we saw a trillion unique URLs, and the number of individual web pages out there is growing by several billion pages per day.

Add Search Providers to Internet Explorer 7 & Firefox

I believe that if we could arrange to have each of Freedom’s 7000 employees use as their browsers’ default, local news resource, the web search tool, it would have an impact on Freedom revenue. At the very least, we may want to consider making this one of the steps in setting up new workstations.

By following the directions on the following page, we can use the Google ‘web’ search results page our default for searches from the IE7 search bar:

There are also instructions available to add them to the Mozilla Search Bar here:

Technorati’s OSD fileThat page has instructions indicating how to add a search engine plugin to your browser, and ‘advertise’ how to do it to the web browser, so our visitors & staff can add them to their browsers as well. Very Nifty! Continue reading “Add Search Providers to Internet Explorer 7 & Firefox”

Weapons of Mass Destruction Not Found

Weapons of Mass Destruction Not FoundThis was a ‘Google Bomb‘ for the phrase ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction‘ that occurred when you typed it into Google, and clicked ‘I’m feeling lucky!’ For some reason, the search result disappeared from the face of G, but I was able to find it in G Images here. I like the little red link at the bottom… I’d love one of those shirts…