Looking at the past with Google

Wed 1 October 2008 10:20, Editors

A couple of weeks ago we published a overview of all the homepages Google has had in the last ten years. More and more we get to see fun stuff because off Google's 10th birthday.

Yesterday Google launched another one of these 'fun' things. They looked at the last index they had stored, found out it was 2001, and decided to hand it to us. We can now search in Google as if it were 2001.

Looking at the past with Google

The index is the US-index, so a lot of European results we won't find here. Still its fun to do a little bit of research and make some comparisons.

A current 'hot' subject in the US is the presidential elections. A search for 'presidential election'gives a great example of the difference between then and now. In 2001 there were 738.000 results, now there are 19.100.000...

Another thing that is different is the lay out. In 2001 we see a nice 'clean' page with only searchresults. No ads and no images. That is different in 2008 :).

Googleresults

The biggest difference can be seen if you do a search for "Britney Spears", one of the most popular searches these days: 952.000 hits in 2001, 86.800.000 in 2008...

2001

Googlespears011

2008

Googlespears081

So the size of the index and the 'look and feel' of the results is very different. We expect the quality of the results are also, but that's something we have to find out :).



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