Friday Nov 03, 2006

Could it be that Google Index is loosing its mind?

I have been for a while wondering what will happen when Google's centralized billion indexes get out of waxes and start to return random results. How can you fix or recover this beast without shutting it down?

I have been using Google Alerts service for some time:

What are Google Alerts?

Google Alerts are emails automatically sent to you when there are new Google results for your search terms.

This alert service has been working quiet well for me. So, you cannot really be sure how much scrawling in the deep Web Google is doing. But, at least when you get a new alert, you feel the service is working and is quiet useful. To my surprise over the last week or so, I am now receiving a bunch of new alerts for pages that are not really really news! I just received an alarm for this page that was published  more than 4 year ago.

Google Web Alert for: jxta

ONJava.com -- Getting Started with JXTA, Part 1
Learn how to get started with JXTA in this book excerpt series.

 This as-it-happens Google Alert is brought to you by Google.

Could it be? While a centralized index has great advantage, it also has one big Achilles heel. It's a single point of failure.  In contrast, the Internet uses a decentralized index to maintain IP route information that is a quiet resilient. I have been wondering if it will be better to use a more decentralized search indexing infrastructure for the Internet. I can see now a bunch of our new black box containers acting as decentralized content indexing routers as today IP routers.

Hopefully I am the only one seeing these false alerts, and this just a bug where a few pages are incorrectly republished. If not, we may have reached an interesting inflexion point.
 

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