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Google really turns Emily Bronto on

Bikwil will always sing the praises of Google


In the Web Line column for Issue 29 Tony Rogers brings us up-to-date regarding our favourite search engine — Google.

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Web Line — Tony Rogers


I’ve had very positive feedback on my search engines piece in Issue 26 (July 2001), particularly my enthusiastic endorsement of Google, so I thought you might be interested in some more facts about our favourite search engine.

Founded in 1998 by two graduate students at Stanford University, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, it has gradually become the search tool of choice for millions of devoted Web surfers, largely because of its remarkable speed and accuracy.

Since my earlier article, the number of daily searches Google services has continued to climb, yet it still manages to return relevant results in less than half a second. Mind you, it uses a staggering 10,000 linked server computers, which no doubt also contribute to its speed in indexing: each day three million pages are re-indexed.

Another valuable addition to its arsenal of tools has been the facility to search the text of pages in Adobe’s PDF format and in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and RTF formats. At present Google is the only general-purpose search engine that does so.

And not only that, either. You can now use the Google interface in your language of choice. There are so far over 60 languages available, including Afrikaans, Basque, Hindi, Vietnamese and Welsh. Moreover, it offers translation of search results from any of the major European languages to another.

Not willing to rest on its impressive statistics for text searching, however, Google has now added an image search capability, with access to 150 million digital images.

Yes, the best is getting better by the week.

Should you be wondering, by the way, it gets its name from the mathematics term googol, which means 1 followed by 100 zeroes.

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