October 28, 2003


Have been meaning to put up a post but i kept getting cut off by someone or something.. Now its post lunch and I am kind of slowly moving to La la land of Snoozes and thought that i should write something to cut out the zzzzzzzs. Was going through the TWIN ( Technical Writers of India) mails and came across an interesting article which surprised me. I am an avid user of google more than any other search engines and today i came to know that google uses pigeons to facilitate the great search results... huh !! The technology being PigeonRank technology which Google has patented. Now that totally contradicts the notion that anything to do with computer must come from inside a computer or a human's head... a surprising but a refreshing concept. I was not aware that pigeons were used for anything other than the traditional purposes. "When a search query is submitted to Google, it is routed to a data coop where monitors flash result pages at blazing speeds. When a relevant result is observed by one of the pigeons in the cluster, it strikes a rubber-coated steel bar with its beak, which assigns the page a PigeonRank value of one. For each peck, the PigeonRank increases. Those pages receiving the most pecks, are returned at the top of the user's results page with the other results displayed in pecking order." Hola to the little creatures who are helping us search for the right information. And till date i have found google to be the most helpful search engine. This is news to me... Some related info about this process.