Today’s SearchDay article
Now Biggest, Most Comprehensive – But Size Wars Defused By Dropped Home Page
Count covers the latest chapter in the dispute over search engine size that
started with last month’s claim by Yahoo to have outdistanced Google in index
Google now says it is three times larger than its closest competitor (ie,
Yahoo) and is the most comprehensive search engine available. However, it’s not
offering proof of that through an actual count. Indeed, Google is dropping the
famous number of web pages it is "searching" from its home page.
Why? Because comparison counts don’t mean much any more, something Yahoo has
said itself. In short, Google is leaving it to users to prove to themselves
whether it does — or does not — measure up as most comprehensive.
More in my story, as well as a long look at why count figures themselves
aren’t the comprehensiveness metric they’ve sometimes been in the past.
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