Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Rewind to 2001

Google, on its 10th birthday (upcoming) has opened up its oldest available index. It can be tried here. I came across this site, and decided to give it a try. Of course I tried my own name, and the search (as expected returned nothing interesting). Then, I searched for A.R. Rahman and came across a few sites there.

Then I decided to search names of certain four people. Here are the search results:

Person (1): About 771
Person (2): About 232,000
Person (3): About 6040
Person(4): About 2,610.

Now, if I do the same search in today's google index, here are the numbers:

Person (1): About 77,300,000
Person (2): About 68,300,000
Person (3): About 15,500,000
Person (4): Hold your breath, about 154,000,000!!!

Do I need to provide more clues on who are these above? Can you guess?

Hint 1. I did not use a '+' in the search.
Hint 2. Most probably the present number for person (4) is expected to grow even as you read this.


Anand Sarolkar said...

Let me guess...

Sachin Tendulkar, George Bush, Bill gates and Laden ;)

Nandan said...

Is Obama the fourth person? :)

Ajit said...

Anand, I'm afraid, you got all of them wrong...

Nandan, person is correct, but not the number. That's why I mentioned I did not use a '+'. How many people are there in the online world with their names Barack or Obama? Compare that with names: John, or Sarah!

Piyush Sarode said...

4) Sarah Palin

saw this post little late though.

Piyush Sarode said...

1) Barack Obama
2) John McCain
3) Joe Biden
4) Sarah Palin

Ajit said...

Piyush, sahi jawaab!!