Google, the search engine giant, claimed today that it has reached a new milestone in search by extending its web index to over six billion items. This Google Index expansion includes 4.28 billion web pages, 880 million images, 845 million Usenet messages, and a growing collection of book-related information pages.
“Google Image Search has been significantly updated,” Sergey Brinn, Google co-founder and president or technology, said in a statement. “We’ve doubled the index to more than 880m images, enhanced search quality, and improved the user interface.”
Google’s collection of 6 billion items comprises 4.28 billion web pages, 880 million images, 845 million Usenet messages, and a growing collection of book-related information pages. Web surfers worldwide can now search across Google’s collection of items using the following services:
Google Web Search: The company’s flagship search service now offers 4.28 billion web pages. Google’s powerful and scalable technology searches this information and delivers a list of relevant results in an instant. Google Web Search also enables users to search for numerous non-HTML files, including PDF, Microsoft Office, and Corel documents.
Google Image Search: Comprising more than 880 million images, Google Image Search enables users to find electronic images relevant to a wide variety of topics. Advanced features include search by image size, format (JPEG and/or GIF), coloration, and the ability to restrict searches to specific sites or domains.
Google Groups: This 20-year archive of Usenet conversations is the largest of its kind and serves as a powerful reference tool, while offering insight into the history and culture of the Internet. Google Groups offers more than 845 million postings in more than 35,000 topical categories.
Google Print: A test service that enables Google users to immediately access a range of book related information, such as first chapters, reviews, and bibliographic information. These pages also offer users links to directly purchase titles.
With more than 4 billion web pages indexed, Google maintains its search market leader by both web pages and market share.