While it may seem like magic, the tech wizardry behind the world’s biggest and favourite search engine have the ability to amaze and surprise you.
Algorithms Bring Up The Pages You Want
There is a set of formulas that deliver results from the index. They’re programmed to take over 200 factors into account, including the exact words you use (including spelling mistakes), webpages with information that matches your query, whether any sites could be spam or have a poor user experience, and your location and search history.
Google made over 1,600 improvements to search in 2016 alone
For example, when you search for directions, you get a map of your route rather than a list of instructions.
Sometimes you get a direct answer to your question, if it’s something like “When does this coffee shop open?” or “What time is the show tonight?” Google partners with businesses to give you that info without searching through webpages. Now, you may even get hired, thanks to Google’s new job search engine.
There are over 1 billion websites online
The Internet reached the 1 billion milestone in September of 2014, but the number of unique URLs that exists online are in their trillions. These webpages cover everything from news and social media to sites that give you access to free books, coupons, and more.
To compare with the present, there were only 3,000 webpages in 1994.Google tends to have access to each one by following links from site to site.
Google fields more than 100 billion searches each month
The search engine giant uses software called web crawlers to basically mimic the same web-browsing behaviour you and billions of others do. They follow link after link to relay information about those webpages back to Google’s server which are in turn organized into the search index.
Fifteen percent of Searches Conducted Everyday Are Completely New
“How can I lose weight fast?” “What’s the longest time I can have sex?” Google is no stranger to these often-asked questions.
However, the masterminds behind Google’s search engine need to be constantly learning how to provide accurate, relevant answers to new inquiries, because people are just going to keep on asking.
In other words, by searching for things, you’re teaching Google how to best present the right page for the right search.
Google’s index is over 100 million gigabytes large
That’s well beyond the storage capability of any one hard drive. It’s actually over 16,000 times larger than the biggest hard drive available to consumers. That however shouldn’t come as a surprise, after all, hundreds of billions of webpages live in that index.