“REDFLY Mobile Companion” and Google scandal
The guardian reported a scandalous thing that Google was doing..
JackSchofield said :
Well, is there anything wrong with that? Not really, but I can be picky. First, the suggestion that the top story (Gizmodo) was found 51 minutes ago is impressive but not necessarily true. I did the same search two hours later and Google found the same story, but said it was found “13 minutes ago”. OK, maybe it’s a different Google index, but the times vary so it might as well be a random number.
wow, but wait a minute You screen shot the first one at 51 minutes, but didn’t both to screen shot the one that validates the story then JackSchofield said :
As for the claim that Google “found” about 16 million results in 0.11 seconds, or whatever, I’m sure that impressed us for a while. But when it’s obviously not true, guys, and you know it’s not true, that just undermines your credibility…..
But Jack google says “Results 1 – 10 of about 287,000,000 for keyword. (0.12 seconds)” it’s you that’s Implying that google had a quick peak at millions of pages and returned the 10 most relevant ones in 0.12 seconds
and then in the comments
Well, yes, I know that. The point I’m making is that Google is reporting numbers in ways that don’t mean anything to — or are misleading — ordinary users.
Hey Jack I don’t think ordinary users actually look at those numbers, and on the time found and you have backed this up, I can’t replicate you test/errror.
read the whole story here http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/01/02/isnt_google_wonderful.html