Are Google’s Days Numbered?

I know that there are a lot of people that would scoff at this idea, but when you think about it almost everyone’s position at the top is guaranteed only as long as someone doesn’t come up with something that does it better or more cheaply.

In regards to this post I am targeting Google’s position at being the number one search engine for providing information and it has nothing to do with it’s potential for earning people money. Let’s face it, the average person who uses Google, Yahoo or any other search engine, does so for the sole purpose of finding information. The problem with these types of engines is that you are presented with so much information that it can take you ages to find exactly what you are looking for.

I’ve come across a rather unique site called WolframAlpha that gives you exactly the information you are looking for. There is a knack though on how you phrase your search terms but the site provides you examples on how to go about it.

I took it for a little test drive and I was quite impressed. I typed ‘tallest building’  in Google and got 2,380,000 resutls, and then I used the exact same term in WolframAlpha and got the following table.

Result by height:

1 | Burj Dubai | 818 m |
2 | CN Tower | 553 m |
3 | Ostankino Tower | 540 m |
4 | Taipei 101 | 509 m |
5 | Shanghai World Financial Center | 492 m |

Result by floors:

1 | Burj Dubai | 162 |
2 | International Commerce Centre | 118 |
3 | Two World Trade Center | 110 |
4 | One World Trade Center | 110 |
5 | Sears Tower | 108 |

I then tried populous city: Google, 2,970,000 results. WolframAlpha;

Result by city population:

1 | Beijing,China | 14.93 million people |
2 | Shanghai,China | 14.61 million people |
3 | Bombay,Maharashtra,India | 12.69 million people |
4 | Karachi,Sind,Pakistan | 11.62 million people |
5 | Delhi,India | 10.93 million people |

Result by metro area population:

1 | Tokyo,Japan | 37.2 million people |
2 | Mexico City,Distrito Federal,Mexico | 22.97 million people |
3 | Seoul,Soul-t'vkpyolsi,South Korea | 22.25 million people |
4 | Bombay,Maharashtra,India | 20.87 million people |
5 | Sao Paulo,Brazil | 20.22 million people |
Cool huh.  While I was impressed I reckon it still has a long way to go because if you type something it doesn’t recognise you get presented with ‘Wolfram|Alpha isn’t sure what to do with your input’ whic can be quite annoying.
Still you can have quite a bit of fun with it as well as using it to provide you a lot of useful information. Try typing in your birth date, a maths equation or the name of a city or country and be amazed at how quickly the results appear. This site can be a real time saver.
I was wondering why the site had such an unusual name so I used ‘wolframalpha’ as a search term and this was the result.

Wolfram Alpha Released

Basic information:

date | 15/05/2009
cities involved | Champaign,Illinois,United States
countries involved | United States of America
people involved | Stephen Wolfram
There you go, and the fact that it is relatively new means that this site has some pretty big potential.

Wassup Blogs You Beaut Huge Link Love Fest

I haven’t been spreading any link love of late so I thought that I should make up for it by doing an extra big one.

  • The first on the list goes to Meg Tsiamis who out of the kindness of her heart maintains the Top 100 Australian Blogs of which I am listed as #41, Darren Rowse, more commonly known as the ProBlogger sits on #1. Sorry that it took so long Meg, but you know what they say mate, better late than never. Meg also has co-founded the successful Aussie Bloggers site that has a very popular forum.
  • The next link goes to Nicolas Prudhon who is a wealth of information on anything Seo related. He can even show you how to pick Google’s brain to your best advantage. And all this time I thought Google to be a heartless conglomerate; I never even imagined it to have a brain.
  • Now what would a link love fest be without including the lovely Kristi of Kikolani fame who has diligently maintained her weekly Fetching Friday series which is really popular with the folks. Kristi is only recently married so head on over and offer your congratulations, and while there be amazed at her poetry, photos and many other blogging entries.
  • Now, I’d better not forget Mitch of I’m Just Sharing, who seems a little preoccupied with Google’s Health. I would not be the blogger I am today if Mitch was not constantly on my back picking up on spelling and grammatical errors. I’m sure he just reads the blog to see if he can catch me out on something.
  • Kim Woodbridge is the owner of another blog I like to frequent. She has just taken a big step in her life and decided to go freelance full time. She’s just posted a nice article called Freelancing During a Recession, and I must admit this sheila has balls for taking such a big step in such a difficult time. I mean that in the nicest way possible Kim.
  • The next blog belongs to another sheila who may have seen around the traps as ‘Gromap’ or ‘Internet Strategist’.  She’s just started a new series How to Create a Successful Blog Based Business Part 1, which I think many of you will find interesting.
  • ThouShallBlog sounds a lot like one of the Commandments, but in reality it is a blog that is visited by a whole heap of people and all because they are very interested in what Yan has to say. If you are not making any money blogging, perhaps it has something to do with the kind of traffic you are getting. Lest You Make This SEO Mistake Too can be a bit of an eyeopener.
  • One of the things that I love about blogging is that you meet people from all around the globe, and one of those talented bloggers I met is a Stratos from the lovely land of Greece. I’ve learned a lot from him and he has helped me more than once. There are two posts you may be interested in; The big one:, (and honestly I don’t know why more people have signed up fro this) and another great PR Checker plugin which can be really useful for those blog lists.
  • Of course there is always Sheryl Loch, who has a great gift of the gab, and an unique way with words, especially when leaving comments. I especially loved her It’s Not You, It’s Your Domain post, which is really a great plug for hosting your own blog. There is one thing that I wish Sheryl would do, and that is to get a ‘subscribe to comment’ plugin so that I can keep track of when someone replies to a witty comment I left.

Well that’s it for today. You may have noticed that I haven’t included any Pro Blogger type blogs, because frankly, apart from not needing any extra juice, I find that many of them just aren’t up to scratch. That and the fact that a lot of the comments left on those blogs are by people who are just trying to suck up to the bloggers, telling them what a great post it was and other dribble that I would normally delete.

We used to have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and her name was Leisha. She was a beautiful dog with the best temperament and the family loved her. Unfortunately when she was about ten years old she developed cancer and we had to put her to sleep.

After Leisha I didn’t really want another dog, but once my daughter got over her grief she begged for another pet and so we acquired Zak. Zak was completely different from Leisha, where Leisha was a pure breed Zak was half Maltese and half Shitzu. Where Leisha was calm and love-able Zak had a bit of a temperament, but my daughter loved him all the same.

The thing with Zak was he was adorable when he as in a good mood, but your wouldn’t want to get him angry, because you just wouldn’t like him if you made him mad. You see if you piss Zak off he would turn from a love-able dog into Zak The K-9 Hulk!

Zak The Green Dog

Just kidding he’s adorable no matter what. He got this way by rolling around in the wet grass after I mowed the lawn. This was what he looked like after he saw his reflection in the mirror, before that he looked like this.
Zak The K9 Hulk

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