It's exactly 15 years since Larry Page and Sergei Brin incorporated Google as a private company. They had secured funding of $100,000 the month before and a few months later, finding that it was dragging them away from their core business of being Stanford graduate students, they tried to sell the company for $1million. No takers. The company currently turns in profits in excess of $1million every hour. So it is big. According to Alexa.com the web-analysts, www.google.com is #1 in terms of traffic. The Blob is still part of the looonnnggg tail, languishing at rank 13,544,646. But we're scrabbling towards the top! I got excited a few weeks ago when, after 7 months, I posted my 100,000th word. But that's small potatoes compared to the total traffic on Google-owned servers (which includes ALL of blogspot.com) which amounts to 24 petabytes (10^15) a day. That's small per capita as well. I've been thinking up lashing out and posting around 2500 bytes of more or less original content each day. Those petabyte/days divided by everyone on the planet (7 x 10^9) say that the average person (including my 2 y.o. granddaughter and people in New Guinea who have never seen a telephone) is posting about 1000x more material than me. But I bet it's mostly photos of their pals acting the idiot.
On dit que a third of the traffic is pictures of naked ladies - or is that the whole of the interweb rather than Google's substantive chunk of it? I think it's probably the whole interweb because Google makes some effort to keep its engines and our minds clean. When GoogleInstant, their name-guessing feature, was launched three years ago this month they took the trouble to protect us from ourselves. I've asked them to tweak Stephen Wolfram higher on their guessy-list, so far to no avail. You can see the list of verbis prohibitum at huffpost. And try a few out for yourself. Verify:
argos [whoa - there's more interest in cheap jewellery and kitchen-kit than books)
amateur football league
amateu (no guesses!)
I'm glad for that because I don't want to deal with amateurs - they don't contribute to the economy.