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Google By the Numbers Infographic

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Just how massive is Google (in real terms) you ask? More specifically, how many pages are in its index?  That is the question this aesthetically pleasing infographic attempts to answer. Even though the precise number of pages in Google’s index is a closely-guarded secret, this graphic relies on math to make an educated guess at the exact number.  And that number is..(drumroll please) 40 billion.

That’s quite a lot of pages if I do say so. Google is 1,600 times the size of what it was when it began.  According to the graphic, if you were some insane loon who felt the need to display all of Google’s indexed sites on a single monitor, the screen would have to be 6 million miles from corner to corner.  So, get cracking.  It should only take you about 150 years to build such a monitor.

The graphic covers many other aspects of Google besides its index, such as gmail, youtube (which it acquired in 2006), the business side of Google, and other “stuff” (ie. random facts).  Among the fascinating tidbits, gmail’s current storage allowance is equivalent to 1.74 billion full audio CDs. Another intriguing piece of info: because there are 1.5 billion images in Google, you would need 112 million floppy disks if you wanted to store them all.  Now, here’s where its gets scary (but the good kind of scary).  Google hopes to  index about 100 petabytes of information in the near future, which is equal to half of all printed material in human history.

Now, let’s delve into the grading segment.

Design: A-

This graphic’s design is fast and furious. Barely gasping for breath, the graphic sucks you in and never lets go.  A nice color scheme coupled with compelling images and charts makes this creation extremely well-done.

Content: B+

The content side contains many unique facts–not run of the mill items either.  Interesting tidbits that make you stop and say, “whoa, that’s amazing” flow throughout. There is one mark against this graphic from a content perspective, hampering it from breaking the B+ barrier.  The creator must learn the difference between revenue and profit.  The youtube portion presents a chart that says, “No revenue.”  What they actually mean to say is “No profit,” considering the graphic just discussed that youtube does in fact generate revenue, but only from 14% of its 1 billion videos each day.

Overall, I was impressed by this work. One policy that Google must change though: they ought to allow cats on site, not just dogs.  It’s an  interesting policy decision because usually it’s the other way around.

Graphic courtesy of computerschool.org

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