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Fast is attempting to gain consumer popularity, but they will need to clean their results up first. Google gained in popularity because it was useful.
this morning they had "only" 1,909,540,893 Pages.
Btw. how do you know that both google and fast are not cheating with their numbers - 2 bn. seems an important number for lots of people *g*.
Another thing that makes me wonder is the change in numbers; the first post said 2.018 bn., the second post 2.035 bn. pages - this means an increased index of 35 mio. pages in some minutes? so do they update their live index? as far as i understood in different posts google updates their index once or twice a month?
About the updates.
how often do they update their Index?
The last I heard (4 weeks ago) was that they Update 25% of the index every week.
So when 1 month has gone they should have updated the entire index.
They also update sites which changes itís content more often.
Also popular sites are updated more often.
fastís spider can crawl up to 150 million pages a day. They also have seperate indexes for PFI pages/sites and for the "News" index.
Google recently added the possibility of searching most of the competing search engines with the same "search query" at the bottom of their SERP, just above their "shameless self-promotion" add.
My first reaction was, what a nice practical joke. On second thought I think it will serve them in two ways.
1. If searchers do side-track to another search engine and do find the page they were looking for, Google will be able to add this page (if searchers have the advanced toolbar activated) to their next crawling que, should it not have been indexed previously.
2. It is a defensive start to fence off Microsoft-like monopolistic allegations. Look at us, we are even leading the searcher to our competition!
In the same line of thought, I think that for the moment Google does not mind FAST is claiming a larger indexed database. Let the comparisons begin. Let the public and the journalists comment first, get the free publicity again.
[edited by: heini at 2:19 pm (utc) on June 18, 2002]