Googlewhacking: The Search for \'The One\'

Mefi pointed me to Googlewhacking: The Search for \'The One\'.

Your goal is to find that elusive query (ideally two words) with a single, solitary result.

eg. \"hellkite flamingo\", \"cuneiform meatspace\", and one I just found, \"cohen stinks\", in honor of Steven.


How the Wayback Machine Works tells us how How the Wayback Machine Works.

There are 10 billion Web pages, collected over five years, they say a book is a megabyte, and the Library of Congress has 20 million books, that\'s 20 terabytes. The total gathering speed when everything is moving is about 10 terabytes a month, or half a Library of Congress a month.

\"How big is 100 terabytes? Kahle, who serves as archive director and president of Alexa Internet, a wholly-owned subsidiary of, says it\'s about five times as large as the Library of Congress, with its 20 million books.\"


Yahoo to put price on searches

CNET Says Yahoo! plans to unveil a pay-per-view search product tomorrow.

Dubbed \"Yahoo Premium Document Search,\" the service is designed to expand on an existing agreement with search technology provider Northern Light, which last year created a premium search engine for Yahoo\'s corporate clients.

I\'m not sure if they knew Northern Light Was Bought or not when they annouced this.


60 Sites in 60 Minutes

LLRX writes \"Leanne Battle\'s list of useful sites for researchers covers topics including: books and articles online, genealogy, personal/personnel development, and reference.
Published in the January 15, 2002 issue of\"


The Internet Under Siege

The Internet Under Siege, an article at

\"Who owns the Internet? Until recently, nobody. That\'s because, although the Internet was \"Made in the U.S.A.,\" its unique design transformed it into a resource for innovation that anyone in the world could use. Today, however, courts and corporations are attempting to wall off portions of cyberspace. In so doing, they are destroying the Internet\'s potential to foster democracy and economic growth worldwide.\"


`Google Effect\' reduces need for many domains has an Interesting Story on what the author calls the \'Google Effect\'.

He says search tools are so good now the need for a highly specific domain names has practically disappeared. Google is so good at finding stuff, a good domain name, or site, is no longer needed.

Any implications here for libraries and librarians?


Updates on Blogs, Training and Legal Portals

LLRX writes \"Cindy Curling suggests some additional Weblogs for your consideration; shares written feedback from Web trainers about how research should not be conducted; and details additional legal portals that are well worth a look. Published in the January 15, 2002 issue of\"

She missed LISNews again, but it\'s still a good read.


Bon Voyage, Northern Light

Anne writes \"There is An Articlein Searchday on the end of the public Northern Light general search engine.

They say news search and search alerts, as well as access to Northern Light\'s Special Collection will remain available to all users, but The company is eliminating its free search engine as part of an effort to concentrate its focus on enterprise customers.

There\'s also some related Words from, where they say they\'ve successfully completed the integration of Teoma search technology into Ask Jeeves.


Welcome To Googleplex

USAToday has a Fun Story on Googleplex, the headquarters of Google, in Mountain View.

They say Google is is used by millions of viewers of \"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire\" and the statistics show spikes in usage after each question.

\"Scooters lean against walls. Big exercise balls are everywhere. Walk around and you\'ll see piles of roller hockey equipment, random toys, a bin offering 13 kinds of cereal including Lucky Charms, a wall mural of the company\'s history done in crayon, a spalike room marked by a sign that says \'\'Googlers massaged here\'\' and a cafeteria where gourmet meals are served by the former chef for the Grateful Dead.\"

Sure beats my office!


UK 1901 Census Goes Offline

This story from BBC News is reporting that the Public Record Office has had to take the England and Wales 1901 Census offline for a week while they try to improve the computer systems in order to cope with the huge demand.
As this earlier story reported, it went live last week and promptly got an average of about 30 million hits per day while they had only designed the site for a \"generous estimate\" of 1 million per day. It\'ll be back in a week, hopefully sleeker and ready to face its users but until then, it\'s probably more helpful not to provide a link to it here!



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