Google Claims Rivals Cant Hold a Candle to It
On its seventh birthday, Google says the size of its database of Internet sites to search is three times that of competitors.Google Inc. claims its search engines scour three times more Web sites than Yahoo Inc. and other nearest competitors. Its difficult, however, to compare the size of search engines indexes of Web sites, given that some listings are inaccessible or duplicative.
Google, which made the claim late Monday, said it now plans to stop publicly disclosing the size of its Web index, which it once said topped 8 billion, in part because of growing dissatisfaction over the accuracy of the statistic. It may also be bowing to pressure from search engine watchers that argue that relevance of the results, and not the size of their index, is a more meaningful metric.