Instant Indexing on Google

Today I had a problem with AVG free anti-virus (my favorite free anti-virus software, by the way). The updater component told me that "a .bin file is missing", a problem which I could not solve myself. So I searched on Google for it, and lo! the top entry is a forum post explaining that it's just a temporary problem with AVG's updates and should be fixed tomorrow...

Wait a second, a temporary problem that should be fixed tomorrow? I checked the date on the post, and it was from today. I knew that Google had a lot of distributed computing resources... but being able to find and index posts, giving them reasonable PageRanks on the day that they appear?

I have now developed an entirely new respect for the power of Google.


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