When we search something on Google it returns results with a light colored text at the top, like About 1,270,000,000 results (0.29 seconds).

What does it represent and what is Google’s logic behind this?

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  • It means that about 1,270,000,000 results were found and that search took 0.29 seconds. Which part is unclear to you? – gronostaj Sep 28 '14 at 14:27

It's simply...

  1. The total number of matches it found &
  2. How long it took to find them.

You could think of it as a “bragging device”—“Look how many results I managed to find & how quickly I did it.”

SQL [& presumably other databases] automatically provide those figures for any query; for instance, from my own database… Showing rows 0 - 3 (4 total, Query took 0.0007 sec).

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