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Statement of Purpose and Disclaimer

19 October 2010

This site is dedicated to Google developments that I found in my internet travels. It is intended to be   more comprehensive than a series of one line entries tagged “Google”, residing on a social bookmarking site.
Casual PageRank diagram

VERY IMPORTANT!

I have no affiliation with the corporate entity Google. This is merely my personal hobby blog. It will focus on topics directly relevant to the world-wide web meta-company Google, Inc. (NYSE: GOOG).

I enjoy finding and sharing of Google-related information, such as new logos, new products, tutorials or amusing press and media coverage.

 This is not a Google watchdog site. While closer to a Google fan blog, I will be unbiased in my coverage as best I can, and include posts about competitors.

googol definitions

  • A googol is the number one followed by 100 zero’s, which is equal to 10100.
  • A googolplex is the number one followed by a googol of zero’s. This would presumably be equal to a googol multiplied by itself. Alternatively, this is equal to 10100 and “raised to the 100th power”.

WordPress does not offer LaTeX, nor MathJax, so I have limited superscript abilities. I’ll explain exponentiation some other time, but here’s the idea: If a

googol = 10100  and a googolplex is a googol squared, i.e. multiplied by itself, then a

googolplex = 10100 x 10100 = 1010,000
Similarly, a googol raised to the 100th power is a googolplex = 10100100 = 10(100 x 100) = 1010,000

A googolplex is a mathematical term. It is not a trademarked, copyrighted property of Google! According to Merriam-Webster Dictionaries, its first known used was in 1938. At some point, I will remember to do an n-gram analysis of googol, googolplex and googleplex.

Fun Facts

AdWords conceptAccording to the no-longer extant Google Press Center: Fun Facts webpage, http://www.google.com/press/funfacts.html

Google’s name is a play on the word googol… The term was coined

by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and was popularized in the book, “Mathematics and the Imagination” by Kasner and James Newman. Google’s play on the term reflects the company’s mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the web.

Here are a few more items of interest from the same page, which should still be available from the Internet Archive:

  • The company headquarters is called the Googleplex
  • Google receives daily search requests from all over the world, including Antarctica
  • Google Groups includes more than 845 million Usenet messages. It is the world’s largest collection of messages, equal to over a terabyte of human conversation

As of April 2009, Google had a world-wide staff of about 2,668 employees. Yes, PageRank WAS named after Larry Page!

The basis of Google’s search technology is called PageRank™ … However, that’s not why it’s called PageRank. It’s actually named after Google co-founder Larry Page.

Search results can be restricted to more than 35 languages, as a user-preference feature. However,

to date, no requests have been received from beyond the earth’s orbit, but Google has a Klingon interface just in case.

Blog Contact and Privacy Policy

27 February 2011

I realized that I had neglected two very important matters that are essential for any blog or website:

  1. a method of contact or some form of owner identification, and
  2. a site Privacy Policy.

CONTACT 

The most direct method of contact would be found at Data Anxiety. Both my email and Twitter contact information are available there. An alternative means of contact would be to leave a comment on any post here.

No comment is published until I review it and manually approve it, so do not be concerned that such messages will be publicly visible. I do not check comments every day, though. The first method is probably best for more pressing concerns.

PRIVACY POLICY

fun diagramI have not placed any advertising on this site. However, since In the Googleplex is a WordPress.com hosted site, it is possible that WordPress might choose to place advertisements, which is a matter that is not within my control. I have not installed Google Analytics, Google AdSense or any other service which is associated with tracking cookies, at least none of which I am aware.

The only form of tracking is the WordPress.com statistics dashboard, which logs the number of visitors and similar non-personally identifying information.

Comment Policy

31 March 2011

Comments are welcomed! Please feel free to ask questions or leave anecdotes related to any post subject. All comments are moderated by me. This site is run exclusively by me.

Why is this blog named GOOPLEX?

Out of respect for Google trademark policy, I named my blog after a googolplex without actually calling it that.

SPAM CONTROL

I use Akismet, which flags spam comments by IP address. The email and possibly IP address associated with comments will be logged, and I will see this information when I receive notification about the comment. This information will not be retained by me, nor distributed to any parties for any purpose whatsoever, unless by subpoena or other legal requirement, and only according to the laws relevant to the country initiating the request. The likelihood of such an occurrence is nearly infinitesimal.

Repeat spam comment offenders will be gleefully IP-blocked.

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