Google Turns Seven

    September 26, 2005

As the Google Blog says, it was seven years ago that Google began operating out of Susan Wojcicki’s spare room.

I invite you to turn to page 86 of John Battelle’s fine opus, “The Search” (oh, just buy it, damn you!), for a fine anecdote about those early days.

Excerpt from page 80 of The Search

In a way of marking the big day, Google has done something they’ve never done before; they removed the count. Google’s front page no longer shows the number of pages indexed. Google offers no official count anymore, just saying that its index is three times that of any other search company. There’s no official count, just some vague statements:

For our seventh birthday, we are giving you a newly expanded web search index that is 1,000 times the size of our original index.

But search remains our heart and soul, so I’m especially pleased by this latest expansion of our index, which makes Google more than 3 times larger than any other search engine. See for yourself how effective the new Google search index can be.

According to our internal testing, our newly expanded search index is more than three times larger than that of any other search engine.

But can we prove it?
Yes, but even better, you can prove it yourself.

I’m not used to not seeing the count on the Google home page, but I guess Google is making a statement with this move. Yahoo doesn’t show their count, although they’ve said that it is about 19 billion web pages. Both companies are basically saying, “We’re big, but its about more than that”. They’re right. The proof lies beyond the search box, not with some text below it.

On a side note, no, I did not scan in a page from the book. Its just a screenshot from Amazon’s “Search Inside The Book”.

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