Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Google's time machine - searching the web as if it was still 2001

Google has been celebrating its tenth birthday. They restored the oldest search index that they have archived ... from 2001 when the web was a tad more bijou and compact!

Google's restored 2001 search index

So no mention of alaninbelfast back then!

Searching Google's 2001 index for alaninbelfast - 0 hits

And while Blogger was up and running - certainly not the only blogging platform back then - it occupied a more modest corner of the internet.

Only 3 hits for when searching Google's 2001 index

Google's historic search index links where possible into the Internet Archive's excellent Wayback Machine - so you can see some of the sites as they looked all those years ago. homepage from 2001

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