Your first visit to this site was probably through our sister site Tom's Hardware, or Google. Since it practically created the internet marketing industry, the top search engine has been a subject of analysis by professionals seeking to gain an advantage. Below is a chart that compiles everything known so far (click on the thumbnail below, then click on the larger picture that appears for the full-sized version):
"Google data centers are some of the most efficient in the world and are carbon neutral."
"Data centers use between 50-100 megawatts of power and [are] often found near water (cooling)."
"When you search [with] google, you are not searching the active web, but Google's cache of it, which is constantly being updated."
"Once crawled, the page is indexed within seconds."
"10,000+ remote testers rate the quality of their searches."
"Google may claim millions of results but only 1,000 or less are ever displayed."
"Trending: if a search term has a huge burst in search volume and/or lots of recent news results, google might place additional weighting on fresh results."