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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a 'Google?'
“Google” is derived from the mathematical term “googol,” meaning a 1 followed by 100 zeros.
- What is a vertical search engine?
Google's mission is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." In contrast, a vertical search engine provides access to limited subsets of information, often with greater accuracy and depth of coverage. Example includes:
- Scirus - a search engine specifically for the scientific community.
- Wolfram Alpha - a computational engine that attempts to answer factual queries.
- What about other search engines like Bing, Yahoo and Cuil?
Search queries conducted at Google respresent close to 70% of all searches conducted in North America, followed by Yahoo! (14%) and then Microsoft's Bing (10%). Of interest, YouTube receives a greater number of searches than Yahoo!, making it number two on the list.
- Where do I locate the most recent Google Search news?
For the latest news, tips and updates visit product news. On Twitter follow the Custom Search team.
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