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 Post subject: IT news: Google casts wider net
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:04 am 
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GOOGLE is tripling the number of web pages that its system can search, seeking to upstage rival Yahoo in claims to be the world's widest web search.

But Google also said it would no longer publicise the number of web pages available from any search - calling a halt to what analysts say has become an increasingly meaningless size competition.

Instead of focusing on the millions of page results that broad-based searches can generate, Google is asking readers to compare searches done on Google and Yahoo for the relevance of search results to the individual user.

"We believe that we have an index that is three times larger (without counting duplicate pages)," said Marissa Mayer, Google's director of consumer web products and product manager for Google.com.

"We are asking our readers to test for themselves," she said.

Ms Mayer encouraged web users to evaluate the changes for themselves by testing relatively obscure search terms that produce less than 1,000 results. This is where tripling the depth of Google's search database was most useful, she said.

Google had previously estimated it searched 8 billion pages. Ms Mayer declined to offer specific numbers to back up Google's new claim of three times that figure.

"Absolute numbers are no longer useful," she said.

Google's move follows Yahoo's claim in August that it had significantly boosted the scope of its search results to some 19.2 billion pages, topping Google in the total size of its web search database for the first time in years.

Google has contested Yahoo's claims, saying that its own staff and a variety of independent experts are unable to replicate Yahoo's assertion. Yahoo pioneered web search in 1994 but was upstaged by Google's search system in the late 1990s.

Analyst Danny Sullivan, editor of SearchEngineWatch.com, said that counting pages - either by company reported index counts or by anecdotal user checks of actual queries - does little to prove who offers the more comprehensive search.

"Users will be the best judge of which search engine is the most appropriate," he said.

"The fact that you have picked up more content in a particular search result doesn't mean you have found better information. It just means you have found more pages."

September marks Google's seventh anniversary. Google said its search system now indexed 1,000 times more web pages than it did in its first month of operation.

"Dropping the home page count is a positive move that I think helps defuse the entire 'size wars' situation," Mr Sullivan wrote on his site after being briefed by Google on the move.

Reuters

Note by Oliver Reed: I have decided to post some interesting IT news on the forum when I have the time. What do you think about it? Maybe someone else would be interested in posting news too? Anyway, let me know what you think.

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I Like the idea, but perhaps they should go in there own section of the forum, something like:

"IT and Internet News"

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I agree :0 I just wanted to see whether there will be any interest at all. I will probably make a separate section for news.

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I like the IT News Idea! :D

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