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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Googley Stroll Down Memory Lane

posted by on October 1 at 10:45 AM

Today Google turns 10, and to celebrate, they’re directing users to their “oldest available index,” which isn’t exactly ten years old—it’s from January 1, 2001—but it’s still a fascinating portal into olden times.

For example, Googling “Sarah Palin” in 2001 brings up nothing on the current VP candidate until page 4, where the Frontiersman expresses it’s gratitude that “Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin has approached city council members about using Wasilla’s bountiful sales-tax revenues to erect” something or other. (The link stubs out.)

Also in 2001, Googling “Chris Crocker” got you a New Zealand music writer and an Austin doctor, but no weeping Britney fans.

Experience the virtual time-traveling pleasures for yourself here.

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Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | October 1, 2008 10:50 AM

Googling Osama bin Laden using an index from nine months before 9/11 is an interesting and sad exercise. The first result I noticed was a reference to him as the "new powderkeg in the Midddle East."

Posted by LDP in Cincinnati | October 1, 2008 10:56 AM

No iPods, an unknown senator in Illinois, and two up-and coming guys from the Daily Show:

Posted by Jessica | October 1, 2008 11:14 AM

I thought I got rid of all of that shit save

Posted by Fuck you, Google. | October 1, 2008 11:25 AM

Barack J Obama?

Posted by P to the J | October 1, 2008 11:26 AM

Check Lexis/Nexis Academic on Palin. There is a lot there and I was surprised there was mention of her as a possible VP as early as March 7 (two months into her term as Governor).

(I found it funny when I did the search for "Sarah Palin", the LN asked "Did you mean "Sarah PLAIN?")

Posted by elswinger | October 1, 2008 11:37 AM

World trade center... funny, the webcam isn't working.

Posted by angel | October 1, 2008 11:53 AM

All of the pre-wikipedia wiki links are absolutely fascinating...

Posted by Mr Fuzzy | October 1, 2008 12:11 PM

Wow. I didn't make Google until fall of '01. I thought for sure my high school Academic Decathalon achievements would have been documented for posterity in '99.

Posted by Enigma | October 1, 2008 12:14 PM

Yeah, I apparently didn't exist back then either. Just lots of old genealogies with people who had my name hundreds of years ago.

Posted by Levislade | October 1, 2008 12:30 PM

I googled Osama Bin Laden, Iraq War, and Barack Obama. Interesting!

Posted by WTF | October 1, 2008 9:01 PM

Insanely fun! I found my college stuff AND information on the woman that shares my name. I think that there are only two of us, and she's kinda like my twin sister. Sometimes I give her credit when I fly Southwest. She has an account, I don't. It is funny to see both of us in our baby stages.

Posted by Papayas | October 1, 2008 11:35 PM

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