O tamanho da web vista pelo big brother google!!!

Segundo o blog do Google, a web tem neste momento cerca de 1 trilião (US) de links únicos.

We knew the web was big…

7/25/2008 10:12:00 AM
We’ve known it for a long time: the web is big. The first Google indexin 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 howbig the web is these days — when our systems that process links on the web to find new content hit a milestone: 1 trillion (as in1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once!

Para nós será algo como 1 bilião.

A discussão do tema no /.

Aqui fica uma tabela para melhor se perceber esta questão dos números gigantescos.

© Copyright 1999, Jim Loy

People sometimes ask me the names of the large numbers. Here is a table. The
system used in the U.S. is not as logical as that used in other countries (like
Great Britain, France, and Germany). In these other countries, a billion (bi
meaning two) has twice as many zeros as a million, and a trillion (tri meaning
three) has three times as many zeros as a million, etc. But the scientific
community seems to use the American system.

Number of zeros U.S. & scientific community Other countries
3 thousand thousand
6 million million
9 billion 1000 million (1 milliard)
12 trillion billion
15 quadrillion 1000 billion
18 quintillion trillion
21 sextillion 1000 trillion
24 septillion quadrillion
27 octillion 1000 quadrillion
30 nonillion quintillion
33 decillion 1000 quintillion
36 undecillion sextillion
39 duodecillion 1000 sextillion
42 tredecillion septillion
45 quattuordecillion 1000 septillion
48 quindecillion octillion
51 sexdecillion 1000 octillion
54 septendecillion nonillion
57 octodecillion 1000 nonillion
60 novemdecillion decillion
63 vigintillion 1000 decillion
66 – 120 undecillion – vigintillion
303 centillion
600 centillion

See Scientific Notation.