Friday, June 15, 2012

Google Search at the Speed of Light (Infographic)

One of the things that many of my students ask about is how does a Google search work, how does it work so fast, and how they get so many results? For example - if you search for "Speed of Light" you get "About 64,300,000 results" in "0.10 seconds". Wow!

Samantha Murphy, writing for Mashable, describes an Infographic created by Google showing how searches work. There are some fascinating numbers (eg each search travels an average of 1,500 miles) and some breath-taking statistics (eg 450 billion new unique queries since 2003). I think I'll use this infographic in class from now on - check it out:

Image link to Mashable.

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