is arguably the most popular search engine
on the Web today. Available all over the world, you would be correct in assuming that Google probably gets a vast multitude of search queries. However, if you were to guess how many approximate searches that Google receives in one day, you might be astonished to find out that the answer is not in the hundreds of thousands, not in the millions, not even in the hundreds of millions, but billions
. That's a mind-boggling number, but it only gets more every single day as more people turn to the Internet as the source of most of their information.
What if the answers to our search queries didn't come back as quickly as we wanted them to? Google found that slowing down the rate of retrieval by just a fraction of a second impacted search volume by an astonishing amount: eight million less searches a day. That's an interesting insight into our search habits and how fast we require our information.