Computing, Libraries, Tennis, India & other interests of Vikas Kamat
|The Meaning of Largest|| |
| The Meaning of Largest|
Apropos: Earlier today we were amused by a press release that claimed that
AllTheWeb.com had overtaken Google in the size of their document index.
Soon after the release came out, the AllTheWeb.com
site was down, perhaps too busy to handle the sudden burst of traffic and load.
In the afternoon, I had an opportunity to poke around. Remember the
FastSearch.com that provides the search for many of the blogs? It's the same
engine, and the 2.1
Billion web pages they claim to have indexed are really the 2.1 billion permalinks
(the name anchor) the bloggers so enthusiastically and automatically insert in
their blogs. So one page of Winer's Scripting News (who btw is hospitalized, I hear -- "Get well soon Dave") is consided as 100 documents by AllTheWeb
While I welcome a new search engine, I am not blown away by AllTheWeb.
Further, they seem to provide deep links to images (unlike Google) in their ImageSearch
which prevents display of copyright notices, and is a sure invitation for
trouble. Publishers typically frown upon linking only to images.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Monday, June 17, 2002|
Last Modified: 1/26/2003
|This is how I surf the web. Turns out
creating your own start page beats all portals, back-flipping,
personalized corporate pages, and book-marking tools.