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Thickspiration And The Power Of RSS Feed Syndication

By Ben Nadel on

Before May 10th, any search in Google for the phrase "Thickspiration" yielded no results. In response to the news coverage of "Thinspiration" and the lack of choices for the dysmorphic, I created a post on May 10th titled, "Thinspiration... What About Thickspiration?".

On May 11th, it was the only Google search result for "Thickspiration."

Today, May 16th, a Google search for "Thickspiration" yields 92 results (for some reason only 82 for lowercase-t, thickspiration). Of those 92, there is only one that I could find that someone actually wrote a post on a threaded discussion that references it. The other 91 results are due purely to RSS feed syndication.

That's pretty cool. I think it shows the power of feed syndication in really get your information available to the world.

Reader Comments

"Today, May 16th, a Google search for "Thickspiration" yields 92 results (for some reason only 82 for lowercase-t, thickspiration)."

This is because updates to the Google index are not rolled out simultaneously to the thousands of Google servers. If your results were consistently as you described over multiple searches, it could be chance, or it could that your browser was showing you cached copies of the results from the two searches.

I just tried six searches for "thickspiration," three with the uppercase T and three with lowercase. I received five different numbers of results, ranging from 70 to 98. In time, these numbers should become consistent (unless the word catches on and is used elsewhere, of course).


I never thought of that. I understand that Google employs thousands of computers, but I assumed they some how all fed into the same result sets. Interesting to think that different searches are actually searching different caches.