Thursday, September 9, 2010


 The Alaskan Review

Well folks it's here, the future that is, Google Instant.

   This year the amount of info on the internet will exceed 1 zettabyte. Thats 1 million times all the info in all the worlds libraries, or so says the Google employee on their info page.Thats a massive amount of information to look thorough just to give you your favorite cookie recipe.

   The novelty of this way to search is that you can recognize a search with just a glance much quicker than you can type it out completely. Google claims that it can save 2-5 seconds per search.

Here are some quick facts about Google Instant from their website::
  • Before Google Instant, the typical searcher took more than 9 seconds to enter a search term, and we saw many examples of searches that took 30-90 seconds to type.
  • Using Google Instant can save 2-5 seconds per search.
  • If everyone uses Google Instant globally, we estimate this will save more than 3.5 billion seconds a day. That’s 11 hours saved every second.
  • 15 new technologies contribute to Google Instant functionality.

A few other facts of note:

zettabyte (ZB) = 10^21 or for the tech savvy: in binary 2^70 = 1 sextillion wiki


  1. This is cool and all, but it really doesn't make too much of a difference to me. But like I said before, I'm all for making everything more flashy these days.

  2. Google has taken over sooo many things dude!

    doin ma daily thangs

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  4. Woow, 1ZB. Never heard for that before :D

  5. Does anyone remember the search engine mamma? (it's still up, I'm not sure how) Worst thing ever. Thank god for google.

  6. Ha, the only thing I have against your post is how you say it's a million times the info in all the libraries. That's just if you represent all the books as information stored in text files and compare the size of all those files vs the size of everything on the internet. While alot of things on the internet barely have any information at all in them like pictures or innane youtube videos which take up megabytes of space compared to a few kilobytes that a book file does.

  7. that's something I definitely have to try!

  8. Shit's pretty cash.
    Google still maintains that it can be ahead of the game. Let's see what Microsoft does with Bing now.

    But, saving 2-5 seconds? I mean, come on.

  9. With my pentium 4 pc, google "instant" lags the crap out of it. I need an upgrade and i need it fast.

  10. I can't get my usual 100 results with Google Instant =(