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Deep inside the 'plex there is what is officially known as the Google Dial Room, but more usually just the GDial, the center of all Googleness. Every couple of weeks a middle-level exec gets to show some new interns or employees and their dogs (I believe all Google employees must bring a dog to work or something like that to make the coolness grade). Cackling manically, the manager says "watch this" and gives one of the dials a twist. He then hands out a sheet with lists of URLs such as WW and the instruction "Watch these sites. This is what it feels like to be a deity."
After a few hours the Appointed Guardians of the Dials (that's what all those pigeons really do) notice something's out of whack and turn the dial back to what they think it was set on.
A week in the crapper, maybe a month, now that's a trend
But I'll disagree with EFV as my stats tend to run like clockwork on MOST days, I rarely ever see Google catch up all of a sudden although it's happened. If I get up and it says 300 impressions at 8am I check server logs to confirm or deny, beyond that we sit and wait, only seen this a handful of times ever, they seem to keep up pretty good best I can tell within an +/- 30 min. lag.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 11:45 pm (utc) on Mar. 15, 2006]