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October 5, 2010

The Google story…by numbers

Here is an interesting infographic that narrates the Google story in numbers. How many pages are indexed by Google etc etc. 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.

Google is 1,600 times the size of what it was when it began.  According to the graphic, if you were required 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.  It could 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.

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