Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Wed Jan 18 21:24:04 UTC 2012

Googling on

("snow people" OR "snowperson")

with the dates set between 1800 and 1900 yields no hits on Google in general, but 339 hits in GB.


On Jan 18, 2012, at 12:44 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:

> That's actually not true, unless Google changed it with their latest
> "update". The problem is that for frequently used words or those that
> are topheavy on recent hits will have GB hits buried deep in the pile.
> On the other hand, many words that went out of circulation or are
> associated with particular works often bring up one or several GB hits
> on the first page of matches. News are handled a bit differently, as
> clusters of news links usually show up on the first page, often among
> the top three--or not at all. Other Google products are not so lucky.
> Non-Google blogs show up in regular search items, but Google blogs have
> their own category. Images rarely, if ever, show up near the top--or at
> all, but Google and YouTube videos do appear, although the list is
> usually not as extensive as when you do a direct video search. I have
> not played with Google Scholar and other items enough to determine these
> outcomes--or did play with them, but many iterations of Google ago. Also
> note Google's peculiar form of SOPA protest--not in the same league as
> Reddit and Wiki, but noticeable if you do a search from the Google home
> page. (When you look at the results page, it's too small to be noticeable.)
>     VS-)
> On 1/18/2012 3:24 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>> I have a tendency to forget that Googling in general does not include Google Books.

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