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Glossary

API  Application Programming Interface (and other meanings); a library for programmers to more easily achieve certain tasks.

Backlink  A link pointing from someone else’s web page back to the page in question (e.g. your page). Usually the more (relevant) backlinks a page receives, the higher it ranks in Google for certain search queries.

BackRub  The name given to the precursor to Google.

Blog  A blog or weblog is an online news journal usually written by a single person or a small group, covering any imaginable subject. New entries are posted on top, often with a way to comment on the entry. The blogosphere or blogspace on the other hand is the “universe” of all blogs. Splogs are “spam blogs” which copy content from elsewhere to make money with ads. Vlogs are video blogs, and podcasts are blog-like audio shows that can be downloaded to the iPod or other MP3 players.

Cookie  On the web, a small data file a website saves on your computer through your browser. This file is used to memorize e.g. a log-in status, or to better understand your browsing behavior.

Data center  A Google data center is a group of servers delivering specific search results to you.

Deep web  The kind of websites that are usually hidden from free search engines (either because they are paid content, or because the search engines do not understand how to crawl these sources).

Egogoogling  To search for one’s own name in Google. (Also: autogoogling, egosurfing.)

Google  Google means either Google Inc., the company, or Google the web search engine, or – as in “to google” – it’s a verb meaning “to search.”

Google Algos  A short-hand for “Google’s algorithms,” meaning the technical specifics of how Google ranks its result pages (the details of which are only really known to those who work at Google).

Google cache  Google makes a copy of every website and allows searchers to view these copies (unless the webmaster prevents this with the “robots.txt” file, or so-called meta-tags).