Posts Tagged ‘Search Engines’
Since Robert McCrum’s recent book about the English language phenomenon the world over is being reviewed in many parts of the world where English is used for everyday discourse, as for example in Malaysia, India, and hopefully in certain parts of China like Shanghai, a Google search this morning 2010/5/24 listed more than one hundred relevant citations which is something of a record for us.
Google seems to have iconic features in more ways than one. It is a prominent element in most browsers, the primary web research tool, a top stock, offering a desktop alternative, a brand that is ubiquitous and as recognizable as Apple and the Golden Arches.
A related question about new forms of reading is discussed in this NY Times piece.
My daily ration of reading is heavily weighted by all that I read on the Internet, the news, blogs, book reviews, history stuff and so on and on. I used to read at least one hard copy newspaper and magazine every day or other day at least.
How has my googleizing and web reading affected me? I know more about the world and about myself in some very specific ways. So I say to Mr. Carr, in the every day sense I have been made unstoopid by Google and its context the web and blog spheres. I spend longer periods almost every day thinking and musing here about a variety of issues, events and visual experiences. It’s a better life IMHO!
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My web page URL is one in a trillion!
7/25/2008 10:12:00 AM
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!