Google Boosts Search Index

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-02-17 Print this article Print

Google on Tuesday said its index increased to 6 billion items, including more than 4 billion Web pages. The announcement comes as competition in the search-engine market heats up.

Google Inc. on Tuesday upped the ante in the increasingly competitive search-engine market, announcing that it has increased its venerable Web index to 6 billion Web pages, images and other documents. In its core search area, Web sites, Google said that it had increased the number of Web pages in its index to 4.28 billion, up from about 3 billion previously. Googles index of images has doubled in size to about 880 million images, said Peter Norvig, Googles director of search quality. "Its a natural outgrowth of the growth of the Web and of us understanding better what pages are useful and which are not," Norvig said.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based companys index boost comes as its competitors build up their search engine arsenals.
Web site operators also reported this week a new Yahoo Inc. Web crawler indexing their sites and that Yahoo was using its own search technology, instead of Googles, for retrieving results. Yahoo officials have said that the company plans to switch from Google by the end of March. Read more here about Yahoos search moves. However, in a statement, Google co-founder Larry Page trumpeted the increased size of Googles index. "People worldwide can find more information with Google than with any other search engine," said Page, who is also the companys president of products For its part, Google is continuing to extend beyond its core Web-page search. Along with doubling the size of its image index, the company also tweaked the user interface of its image search to make it easier for users to resize and view photos. Google in the past few months also has been testing a service called Google Print, which lets users search the text of books to retrieve information such as chapters, reviews and bibliographic information. Google, which also will host pages for publishers, provides links to purchase the books, a spokesman said. Rounding out Googles index are Usenet postings that appear on Google Groups. The number of postings included in the index has continued to rise, reaching about 845 million from 800 million previously, the company said. Check out eWEEK.coms Enterprise Applications Center at for the latest news, reviews, analysis and opinion about productivity and business solutions.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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