Comments: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Google

Some of these things are pretty basic, but a few were wicked interesting.
Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Shuai King at May 15, 2006 03:24 PM

Hi Philipp and Seth-

A few more official Google blogs. (Point 5 above). - Google SiteMaps Blog - Google China Blog - Google Italy Blog - Google Japan Blog - Google Korea Blog - Google Mexico Blog - Google AdSense German Blog

That makes it 23 official blogs for Google.


Posted by Chirayu at May 15, 2006 03:25 PM

You forgot to mention that Google regularly screws website owners out of money honestly earned through thier Google Adsense program.

My site,, started making lots of Adsense money when we finally figured out how to do effective marketing for the site.

Our traffic spiked, and in turn so did our Adsense profits.

Soon after we were turned off and money being held for that month...nearly $500 was not given to us.

No reason.

No explaination.

No communication.

Screw Google, Adsense, and Adwords.

Posted by Gary Tharaldson at May 15, 2006 03:26 PM

In regards to the search for [], Google US may show that it can return 9,000 search listings, but, in fact, it will only show 903 listings before giving the omitted-due-to-similar-results message.

Posted by Nick at May 15, 2006 03:35 PM

So, on the basis of your own problems with google, you think that it regularly screws people out of ad money? I expect hundreds of millions of sites use google ads, this is a very isolated problem that just happened to hit you.

Posted by Russell at May 15, 2006 03:42 PM

This is all new to me :)

Posted by Pedro at May 15, 2006 03:52 PM


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Posted by Keith Dsouza at May 15, 2006 03:52 PM

we encountered the same response when our site started legally getting lots of traffic as well. Google turned off our adsense account seized our earned funds and refuses to respond. from many others i have talked with this seems to be standard operating procedure for them

Posted by chrishawn at May 15, 2006 03:52 PM

Adsense payment problems aren't isolated to his issue. Many, many people have reported getting stiffed and with no recourse to recover their earned money nor explination of why it occured. Check the internet. Google it!

Feeling clever?

Posted by Galactic Dominator at May 15, 2006 03:59 PM

You incorrectly quoted Voltaire above. It was not Voltaire who said "I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." That was Denis Diderot, and this is often miscredited.

Posted by Brandon at May 15, 2006 03:59 PM

#11 Did you know google is the next microsoft?

Posted by j$ at May 15, 2006 04:15 PM

Thanks for the tip off about the 10 word limit being raised to 32, I hadn't noticed that. That used to drive me nuts when trying to do more complex queries.

Posted by Quartz Mountain at May 15, 2006 04:19 PM

The pagerank of a page is a probabilistic value, meaning that the sum of pageranks on all pages will always be equal to 1. With this in mind, it's not possible for a page to have a pagerank of 8.355. 0.8355 would be valid, maybe, if the page in question was the most authoritative and popular on the internet, but never 8.355.

Posted by simon at May 15, 2006 04:19 PM

Completelly unrelated but I had to mention. The phrase "I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" attributed to Voltaire was not created by him. See

Posted by Bruno G. Albuquerque at May 15, 2006 04:27 PM

About the number of computers Google has: An anonymous source told me that it is now over 1 million. Not 100,000 as was previously believed.

Posted by x at May 15, 2006 04:41 PM

1 million thats bullshit u lie

Posted by x2 at May 15, 2006 05:04 PM

> That was Denis Diderot, and this
> is often miscredited.

Now I know, thanks :)

Posted by Philipp Lenssen at May 15, 2006 05:21 PM

For more things you might not know about Google, visit

Posted by Nancy Blachman at May 15, 2006 05:47 PM

"That was Denis Diderot, and this is often miscredited."

It's not Denis Diderot, it's a little-known writer, Evelyn Beatrice Hall.

Posted by Shii at May 15, 2006 06:38 PM

Congrats, Seth, you're on Reddit.

Posted by David at May 15, 2006 06:57 PM


Posted by s0ng0 at May 15, 2006 08:22 PM

Lots of people have been screwed out of their money by google.

Check out this guy, for example:

Posted by Jonathan Boutelle at May 15, 2006 11:22 PM

Oops sorry, wrong link.
Here it is.

Posted by Jonathan Boutelle at May 15, 2006 11:24 PM

Not only does Google NOT pay you when you generate real genuine traffic, also they cancel your account with no way to return to AdSense.
And yes, no explanations given.

Posted by Joop at May 16, 2006 04:48 AM

I didn't know that google allows more than 10 words now! Thats good news. I used to be very annoyed at the previous limit.

Posted by hacker not cracker at May 16, 2006 01:06 PM

If you don't like Google AdAsense, don't put it on your site!! Explanation is click fraud. If it was you paying for the click, you would want to know they are genuine.

Posted by Luke Gunderson at May 16, 2006 08:16 PM

Thanks a lot for the info.

Posted by Raman at May 16, 2006 10:02 PM

Interesting post, thanks! As a web designer, it pays to keep an eye on what's going on at Google....these tidbits make it fun!

Posted by Arvana at May 17, 2006 11:50 AM

google sucks

Posted by jv at May 17, 2006 01:21 PM

I understand that Google's- as well as other company's programs- might well be concerned about fraud. After all, we all know it is rampant, we see it everywhere. However, I would suggest that what Google should in that case is initiate a transparent fraud investigation program, perhaps in cooperation with law enforcement. They should give people their money and then investigate and perhaps sue (or criminally charge)offenders if that is indicated. Either that, or they should lobby for the creation of laws allowing them to withthhold funds in suspect cases, pending the outcome of a thorough, transparent, and time limited investigation. Time limitation is important, to prevent this provision from being abused. That may be a legal way to do it, but I'm still not sure it's ethical in my book. What Google is alleged to have done is certainly not ethical or legal.
If this is happening, and enough noise is made about it and light cast upon it, any company so engaged should feel pressure to change. That presssure would come from the press (hopefully), the marketplace, and from the offices of attorneys general around the country. At least that's how it should work. With the corporatists in power in our government today all bets may be off. Please be sure to vote this fall.

Posted by Feral at May 17, 2006 04:04 PM

Google is Google. There's really nothing you can do about it. Like it or not. But you can't sit here and complain about it when you still continue to use it. We know it's not perfect. If you don't like the way they do things don't continue to refer back to them. About Google not gicing people their money; it's not cool. Something should be done about it. Much love.

Posted by Clarissa at May 19, 2006 08:27 PM

If you know it wasn't Voltaire, can I ask why you've not corrected the article?

Posted by Meh at May 20, 2006 02:46 PM

And there are More Google Search Tools that you did not know about.

Posted by rikki at May 21, 2006 06:40 AM

if you type in [] into you don't get anything - and no disclaimer.

Posted by mememe at May 21, 2006 09:46 AM

well this is gr8! facts about google...

Posted by hmm at May 22, 2006 12:44 PM

Many people don't realise that the order of the search words is important.

Posted by Kirit at May 24, 2006 04:53 AM

The Google Beta one was fasinating. I guess everything they do is some type of evolution even themself!

Posted by Wes at May 31, 2006 05:24 PM