June 9, 2006
Over in the Fact Check Forums, Geog wanted to know more about search engines. Never in the mood to disappoint, we set to work, and here's what we were able to uncover. A big thanks to Taed, Andrew, and Lyet for their great research. And special congratulations to Lyet, who won this awesome shirt for her research about Yahoo's alternative name.
• While AltaVista paid $3.3 million for their domain name, Google purchased theirs for $5, at the time, InterNic was having a buy-one-get-one-half-off sale.
• Fully 12 percent of web searches are on search engines that use only text based ranking systems. That is, unlike most modern search engines, they don't use any information about incoming links to rank sites.
• In deciding their name, Yahoo narrowly selected its current moniker over the internally popular alternative, Hooray.
• Adults over the age of 65 account for less than one percent of all search engine usage.
• It is possible to determine with 91 percent accuracy what TV shows are currently on the top five major broadcast networks by monitoring the top 250 searches in Yahoo.