Interview - Inside the Google search machine

Search Engine Optimization writes "A BBC Story on Matt Cutts. If anyone knows how to get their webpage to top Google's search results it is Matt Cutts.Google: Best known for its search pageMr Cutts is one of a team at Google who help webmasters and website creators tweak their pages to ensure they are properly indexed by the search engine.
Although Google's senior technology folk have filed papers about how it does what it does, it has been reluctant to say just how many servers it owns and operates.

The estimates of how many machines it has in its datacentres range from 10,000 to 80,000.

This concentration of computer power could be addressing more than 6,000 terabytes of data. "


nigritude ultramarine Global Spam Google Contest writes "nigritude ultramarineYou want link popularity - you got link popularityIt appears there is a universal contest among Webmasters and Search engine Promotion Pros to get sites on the top of Google and Yaboo for "nigritude ultramarine" it is one way of testing exactly how much backwards hyperlinked text counts in Google's Algorithms (shades of the "jewwatch" controversy) However, this contest seems to have taken a life of it's own and continues to gain world-wide momentum!"



Google deluxe is now in beta.
MoreGoogle adds cool features such as site preview images, site ranking indicators, satistics and the fabulous Open-in-New-Window-button to Google. And that's just the beginning. Check out


Goothics: Google Ethics

search engines web writes "Google had quietly put togther an unpublicized ethics committee to evaluate it's actions -because of it's world-wide influence. 2 stories of interest, The BBC and The Register.However - ironically - Google is involved in several high-profile lawsuits over it's Advertising policies and proceedures. Stories at The Telegraphand CNET"


Sites to Try when Google Fails

This piece from features advice from Gary Price and Tara Calishain about beefing up internet search skills and strategies. Despite their quest for world domination, Google is, apparently, not always the best choice for a search. I have to admit that I'd not run across Tara's site, Research Buzz, but was delighted to find a post about where to find information on Jamaican and Caribbean food.


Google is NOT offering 1 terabyte of storage

Pete writes " has this story:Where, yesterday, May 18, 2004, saw the announcement of Lycos Europe offering its paid members 1 gigabyte worth of email storage, while Yahoo announced similar updates last week."It appears that these competitors may to rethink their new strategy. Apparently, some users of Gmail have found that their 1 gigabyte worth of storage has increased to 1 TERABYTE. That's 1000 times the amount of the current storage rate (1 gig = 1000MB; 1 terabyte = 1000GB).This news has not been confirmed by Google, but, several Gmail users have noticed this increase. A letter to the editor of WebProNews from Alan Townsend commented on Gmail's apparent storage increase: "My Gmail account still showing 1,000,000 MB this morning!"

EWeek confirms today that this was a glitch:
But the appearance of the "1000000 MB" ticker at the bottom of their Gmail inboxes was no more than a system bug that Google Inc. is working to fix, the company confirmed Wednesday.

"That in fact was a bug," spokesman Nathan Tyler said. "We're working to fix it. Gmail offers users 1 gigabyte of storage.


Google IPO tasting PROBLEMS & GREED writes "It is very easy to lose one's innocence and ideals once the harsh realities of "going public" sink-in, already the Greed seeps out of the woodwork - is this an Omen of things to come for Google... =wn&q=google+stock+fraud"


Top 10 little known Google functions

mdoneil writes "Google has some fun features that may be unfamiliar to many. Package tracking, visual flight tracking, vehicle identificaiton numbers, aircraft tail numbers and more. (which really is not a dirty site) has the scoop."


Legal opinions sometimes use Google searches as evidence

This Declan McCullagh story, from, describes several cases in which judges used Google searches to support their ruling opinions. The incidents range from testing whether 'Johnny's sauce' is too common a phrase to be copyrighted to researching the effects of secondhand smoke on children. Another one that struck me was a court's decision that a Sri Lankan film maker who claimed to be famous must not be, since his name returned no hits in a Google search.


GOOGLE - Latest Updates writes "Google Tests New E-mail GroupsOn the heels of filing to go public, Google Inc. on Wednesday began testing a new e-mail list service as the company continues to expand beyond basic Web search
Google to sell banner ads. Search engine giant Google plans for the first time to sell ads that include images, a surprise reversal for a company that has won regard for its pioneering use of text-only marketing pitches and for keeping its home page religiously free of banner advertising"



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