You ask Google a question, and you instantly get an answer. But what happens between the time you hit "search" and see your results? On our new site, How Search Works (, you can follow the entire life of a search query, from the web, to crawling and indexing, to algorithmic ranking and serving, to fighting webspam.

The animated site is available today in English and there's also a text-only version in 43 languages.
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