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March 14th, 2003

Google Fun Fact of the Day

Ryan yesterday ran into my office at the Ping World Headquarters. “Paul! Paul!” he said, “You’ll never believe this!”

Once I heard the news, I agreed. Ryan informed me that Google searches are limited to ten keywords. Try it for yourself, and you’ll see that it’s true.

From what I can tell, All The Web has no such restriction.

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FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday March 14, 2003 -- 2:21:14 pm
Has anybody ever needed to search on 10 words? Even when trying to source a quote I usually use 4 or 5 words max.



FROM: corey [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday March 14, 2003 -- 3:14:03 pm
yea, that's a good point... what was ryan searching??



FROM: merv
DATE: Friday March 14, 2003 -- 4:05:11 pm
and yet you find the will to go on living.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday March 14, 2003 -- 4:27:47 pm
Perhaps "search terms" is better than words... so, if you're giving a bunch of exclusions or filtering terms (like site:blahblah.com or inurl:blahblah) it can run out quickly.

Without beating around the bush: I was constructing a search that searched all of the domains that I maintain. If you added more than one word to the search, it would barf because there were nine domains included in the whole search phrase.



FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday March 14, 2003 -- 5:56:02 pm
How does this qualify as a "fun fact"? If anything, it's a limit on fun.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday March 14, 2003 -- 8:56:46 pm
IT'S FUN, DAMMIT.



FROM: Jinkins
DATE: Friday March 14, 2003 -- 10:54:50 pm
Google is bullcrap. Everybody use guru-search.com. It's awesome. No matter how fast and accurate google is, this is better. Trust me. Go there. Search. Be pleased.



FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Sunday March 16, 2003 -- 12:39:47 pm
I asked Jeeve's (http://www.ask.com/) if Google was bullcrap. He couldn't really give me a straight answer...

I personally like Google. It's no-nonsense, fast, doesn't have pop-ups popping out like mad like hotbot.com eventually turned to (my previous fave) crap with. In other words... I dig it (if not it I'd just use Sherlock). So what if there's a limitation... if I get to that point where I have to type 80,000,000 words in to search, I'd probably just give up. ;) Wouldn't be that dire to me at that stage (gets to that point, I'll just dial-up the ol' 4-1-1 or find an alternative), and it'd not be my fault that what I was looking for wasn't that easy to search to in a handful of words. Hell, most of the time if I type more than 3 words in it gives me "not found"... if I knew the URL well enough, I'd just go to the original URL.

So it's a fun fact... honestly 10-word based searches aren't my idea of a good time (sorta' reminds me of the various commercials on the radio now, one with 2 women eating Animal Crackers and talking about it being "their idea of a good time"). If your search topics are that broad, use different words. ;)



FROM: Gerald [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday January 14, 2006 -- 5:45:28 pm
Very nice site!



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