The Web is 500x larger than we think?
July 26, 2000 9:36 PM   Subscribe

The Web is 500x larger than we think? While plausible, it also smacks of a press release...
posted by owillis (3 comments total)
Sorry -- my bad. I'll get those 549 billion web pages wiped off my server straight away.
posted by Bryan at 6:39 PM on July 27, 2000

Really, it's a matter of how you define "the web". If a webpage offers you access to dynamically generated reports from a SQL database ... is that "on the web", or not? I'm inclined to say not, but not everyone agrees with me.
posted by dhartung at 6:49 PM on July 27, 2000

Not a lot of people know how to submit their sites to search engines, not to mention the search engine spiders will index & spider limited-link pages (" - click here to enter"), and have so many pages that aren't linked anywhere on their sites.

Also, from what I see in my referrer logs and Apache Guardian reports, they hit "roadblocks" like dead links, back off and start over again. They'll never fully index a web site (or the entire web) at that rate.
posted by CyberPal at 6:57 PM on July 27, 2000

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