In a discovery that would probably send the Dr. Evil character of the “Austin Powers” movies into cardiac arrest, Google recently detected more than a trillion unique URLs on the Web.
This milestone awed Google search engineers, who are seeing the Web growing by several billion individual pages every day, company officials wrote in a blog post Friday.
In addition to announcing this finding, Google took the opportunity to promote the scope and magnitude of its index.
“We don’t index every one of those trillion pages– many of them are similar to each other, or represent auto-generated content… that isn’t very useful to searchers. But we’re proud to have the most comprehensive index of any search engine, and our goal always has been to index all the world’s data,” wrote Jesse Alpert and Nissan Hajaj, software engineers in Google’s Web Search Infrastructure Team.
It had been a while since Google had made public pronouncements about the size of its index, a topic that routinely generated controversy and counterclaims among the major search engine players years ago.