Google Index Size Gone

By Deane Barker on September 27, 2005

Google to take down front-page boast about index size: Apparently Google and Yahoo! are counting “pages” differently, and Google takes exception that Yahoo! claims more than they have.

Google Inc. will stop boasting on its home page about the number of Web pages it has stored in its index, even as the online search engine leader continues a crusade to prove it scans substantially more material than its rivals.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company planned to remove the index size late Monday. It will mark the first time in more than five years that Google hasn’t listed the size of its search index on its sparse home page.

This sounds like the old fights back in the day about “hits” vs. “page views.” Zawodny should have a field day with this.