We knew the web was big, but this big...?
According to undisputed search engine king Google the number of unique URLs has now surpassed one trillion. Yes, I said one trillion.
"We've known it for a long time: the web is big," Google said on its official blog. "The first Google index in 1998 already had 26 million pages, and by 2000 the Google index reached the one billion mark. Over the last eight years, we've seen a lot of big numbers about how much content is really out there. Recently, even our search engineers stopped in awe about just how big the web is these days - when our systems that process links on the web to find new content hit a milestone: 1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once!"
Google may not be having the search market all to itself for long however as ambitious newcomer 'cuil' (pronounced 'cool') launched today with the bold claim it searches 121,617,892,992 web pages (though bizarrely that number seems fixed ). If true this is roughly 3x the number Google indexes which is certainly something to crow about and considering it is funded by $33m of venture capital and has three senior ex-Googlers aboard it could be a credible threat.
That said a brief search on cuil for the TrustedReviews 'Innov8' news (the new power-packaged Samsung handset being one of our most popular stories last week) found no entries at all. So time to index 121,617,892,993 pages guys?