Size Doesn't Matter… But, For The Record, We're Bigger

from the taking-the-low-road... dept

We tried to avoid last month’s silly index-waving battle between Yahoo and Google over who had the “bigger index,” as it seems really pointless in an age when all that matters is relevance. However, it’s a bit amusing to see how Google has now officially responded to Yahoo’s claim of being bigger. They’re admitting that size of index is a stupid measure (especially since no one agrees on how to measure it), saying they’re going to drop the index count that they’ve always had on the front page… but, at the same time, pulling a last minute “but, really, we’re bigger… nyah, nyah, nyah” sort of move. It would have been a better gesture to simply remove the count and point out that such things shouldn’t matter, but the final “but, yes, we’re bigger” just seems childish. Of course, the other side of this is that some would claim that if they didn’t say that it was more or less an admission that they weren’t bigger than Yahoo — but that shouldn’t matter. Google could just make the case that index size is a pointless measure anyway and move on. Though, along with one childish act, apparently, comes the end of another one. The version over this story found on CNET includes interview quotes from Eric Schmidt, suggesting that the company has gotten over its silly, pointless, one year ban on talking to CNET reporters.

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kai says:

what's a page?

What I don’t really get is, what constitutes a page?

Suppose I have a bit o’ php that creates a page called page?num=5
that looks like this


the next number is (link)6
the previous number is (link)4.

Suppose I own a server that does this. I have a search engine that looks at these pages. If you enter any number, it finds you the page with that number. This search engine indexes more pages than either google’s or yahoo’s index, and it cost less too.

My point is, with dynamic pages, you can have a very large number of pages that have low information. So if they want to up their count, for only $2 million I’ll write a server that has a trillion dynamic pages and they can up their count rapidly.

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