Google Cannot Serve more than 1000 results

Today, I was wondering why people don’t go beyond initial 2-3 pages of their search. Maybe, it is the interface of the search engines which promotes such behavior or maybe people really don’t care to go beyond initial pages.

Whatever be the case. I decided to visit the LAST page of Google’s search results. To get the total number of search results from Google (for example, it is 108,000,000 for the term AJAX), I divided the number by 10 and then modify the Google’s search URL accordingly (for example, for 2nd search page the URL is: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=ajax&start=10&sa=N.
So, my hypothesis was that the URL for last page for AJAX results would be http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=ajax&start=10800000&sa=N.

Well, I tried going to that URL. And for my surprise Google, in small-greyish-dull-looking-font, says “Sorry, Google does not serve more than 1000 results for any query. (You asked for results starting from 10800000.)“. I tried some other number which was greater that 1000 but the same result.

Did I commit a crime for asking results starting from 10800000? If Google claims to have found so many results, why doesn’t it shows so many results? Then what is the use of saying “Results 1 – 10 of about 108,000,000 for ajax. (0.18 seconds)” if I can’t go beyond 1000 results?

Its Pathetic. Frustrating!

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