Google Stops Reporting Count, Celebrates Birthday

    September 27, 2005

Kudos to Google for removing the index size count from its search engine. I hope MSN does this too.

Let’s just be honest, these numbers didn’t have much to do with reality. They were estimates. And that’s being nice. I totally expected a lawsuit to be filed someday because of these numbers. Hmmm, I wonder if the lawyers got wind of how off these numbers really were?

Oh, does being more comprehensive really matter if your top 10 links aren’t the best 10 links possible? After all, we know through eyetrak research (watching how users use search engines) that most people don’t look at more than 10 results.

So, does having a million results for a search term really matter to anyone? No. Having the best top 10 results for each search term is what really matters.

Luckily this lets us get back to what really matters: those 10 results.

Oh, and happy birthday to Google!

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