Google Time Machine: Step Back To 2001

1 10 2008

Lets just take a minute from our hectic lifestyles and the impending financial meltdown of the world and look back. To simpler times…

Kofi Annan and The UN won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Foot and Mouth Crisis grips the UK countryside. Julia Roberts wins the Best Actress prize at the 73rd Oscars awards ceremony. Tony Blair is re-elected as British Prime Minister. George W. Bush is sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States.

A lot happened in 2001. And Google wants to help us remember that…

The Internet Archive is great fun for those looking for a nostalgia trip. It is basically a collection of cached versions of various web pages. You can go back to look Amazon’s homepage from 2000 or see what eBay was like in 1998. Google, in light of their 10th birthday, have put together Internet Archive’s resources with their own to create a fully functional 2001 Google search engine – with real listings:

“We had so much fun searching that we wanted to put this old index online for everyone to play with. We thought it’d be even cooler if we could actually see the full versions of the old web pages, so we worked with the Internet Archive to link to their cache of these pages from 2001. Step into the time machine and try a 2001 Google search.”

Google 2001 Homepage

Google 2001 Homepage

The Google 2001 Search lets you see the web before the big players of today dominated. A search for ‘iPod‘ returns results for Image Proof of Deposit  Document (IPOD) processing systems. ‘Facebook‘ shows you a listing (but no page) for the original Harvard based network on which the site we know today expanded from. ‘YouTube‘ brings up nothing at all!

Although just a bit of fun, this Google index perhaps how fast moving and ever-changing the world of Internet business is. The big players of today were nowhere to be seen seven years ago. Will we be laughing at Google 2008 Search because it has no, or amazingly few, listings for the Just Google It blog that in 20015 we know as the multi-national $700 trillion company? A small part of me says we will…

Let us know what results you found that took you back by leaving a comment!

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