Posted by: 2stepsback | October 6, 2005

The web and Google are far behind gravitation

(This one is not much of an idea, more of a theoretical observation.)

To explain what I mean, let us first see what is happening to the web today. Every day, at least hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of web pages are being added each day. Many of the pages have links to other pages. Many pages are clustered together, meaning they are linked within themselves but the entire group is not linked to the rest of the web except via search engines like Google, Yahoo, etc. Imagine a graph for the web with each web page being represented as a point and every hyperlink as a line between two points. The structure that emerges then, is a highly complex aggregate of points and links but mostly clustered around several key points (homepages of websites). To get a better perspective of this visualization visit Grokker. With every passing second the aggregate is growing like the expanding cloud of a nuclear explosion. Now, think of the load on the search engines Google and Yahoo. They have to index this huge 3D object and not only know what is linked where but which points are to be given priority and which links are to given importance.
Now, lets switch over to school stuff – Newton’s law of gravitation – Every particle attracts every other particle in the universe. Now if you were to imagine a line joining the two particles along the line of action of the force, you would get _such_ a hugely complex web – which, believe it or not, nature already has, every moment.
Looking at the two facts, you find that the web today is just a special case of the more general case where every page on the web links to every other page on the web. That is what I meant by the title. Not much real world application to the idea,though, just a way of looking at the web.

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