There are some 800 millions of pages on the World Wide Web (www) today. Therefore I've decided to make it a little easier for you people out there. I'll also share some of my best tips and hints on how to really find what you're looking for out there.
Nobody really knows how fast the internet is growing. In 1997 the American NEC Research Institute made a survey that showed that there were approx. 320 millions pages on the 'net. Two years later (1999), NEC made a new survey. According to the new survey the pages were now 800 milions. Plus some 180 millions pictures. Together they occupy an enormous amount of space; 18 Terabytes (1 Terabyte=1000 Gigabyte=1000,000,000 Megabytes). 800 millions... Imagine how much that would be if it were to be printed on paper! Then consider that according to the NEC the search engines available don't cover more than about 16 percent of the 800 million pages.
If you were to find a particular page among all these pages, how to then? The simple answer is to use a search engine. But it's not really that simple. If it was, there wouldn't be a need for sites as my own... No, the way to go is to learn which search engine is good for which kind of information you need. Now we're beginning to get somewhere.
Many search engines aren't just simple search engines, but so called Portals, offering shopping, daily horoscopes, news, e-mail, calendars, weather, stock news, whatever. All this is made in an attempt to keep the visitor as much as possible on that particular site. Later we'll learn just why we shouldn't.
So, use the below two articles as starting points to learn more about the wonderful world of information that the web is, by using a Search Engine!