Friday, July 16, 2010

A Visual Explanation about how Google Works

Have you ever wondered how Google really works? Below is a fun visual explanation that communicates the basics. I discovered this graphic on Peter Godwin and Jo Parker's Information Literacy meets Library 2.0. When I selected the link to the infographic, it would not connect to the proper webpage, saying how it was unavailable within Firefox. Copying the link location into the Google search box helped me find it. Apparently, it was only missing the "h" in the "http" protocol prefix.

I think it's pretty cool how PPCBLOG provides the code for inserting the graphic on your own website:

How Google Works.

Infographic by PPC Blog

Yes, I include the label/tag "index," because that's exactly what Google is--an index, a very, very big index. Like an index finger, they point people to what they want to see, though in some cultures you may be wary in using your index finger to point to things, since it may not be very polite. Fortunately, it still remains a common practice in the U.S.

If you are interested in an explanation about the difference between a catalog and an index, take a look at one of my previous posts.

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