Google counts a trillion URLs

Google reported today that its Web index now contains a trillion unique URLs. On its blog, Google said that this is more a statistical milestone than anything — the company has no way to visit all trillion sites to see how many of them offer unique content, for example, neither should this be taken as a count of Web pages out there in the pipeline. It is what it is, a big number that is pretty impressive and, to me, represents a kind of unthinking and unnecessary wastefulness that’s hard to put into words.


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