Google goes back to the future

Here’s something a bit fun. Google – to celebrate its tenth birthday – has reactivated one of its oldest stored databases. If you go to this page, you can do Google searches 2001 style.

Here’s what I came up for with the search string “Sarah Palin”:

Your search – “sarah palin” – did not match any documents.

Kevin Rudd shares the front page with an accountant and an academic engineer of the same name.

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17 responses to “Google goes back to the future”


    Nice ‘do! πŸ˜‰

  2. Kim


  3. Alex on the Bus

    And you reckon K-Rudd these days looks like the kid whose head you would have flushed down the loo at lunchtime…

  4. wizofaus

    A whole 671 hits for “Barack Obama” too (vs 83,100,000 today).

  5. Robin

    Ah, the good old days, when a search for Paris Hilton only gave results for a hotel in France!

  6. Kim
  7. Kim

    And Crikey’s front page was full of candid snaps of an apparently drunk Bob Hawke:

  8. Benji

    The things you find on there!

    “Julia Gillard looks like being a senator”

    Hehe. Poetic Justice in 2007…

  9. Liam

    Great find, Benji.

    Martin Ferguson – ex-ACTU President – is now the natural leader of the Left


  10. Mark

    ZOMG! Oh noes!!! $1111!!!!

  11. Katz

    Results 1 – 10 of about 76,400 for blog. (0.01 seconds)

  12. Mercurius

    No lolcats πŸ™

  13. Nabakov

    “I am aware of all internet traditions” gets zero results.

    As does “two girls and a cup”.

    However ‘”goatse” scores a massive 1,410 results.

    O tempora, o mores. ( 3,670 results then, 761,000 results now)

  14. Mark

    238 results for pwned in 2001.

    About 4,490,000 in 2008.

    2001 – epic FAIL!

  15. FDB

    This could be another rare case of EPOCH FAIL!!!

  16. FDB

    Very little information available on Missy Higgins’ sexual orientation too.

    So, how shit is the past eh?

  17. Andos

    I just love the decidedly low-fi nature of the 2001 web pages. Times new roman font. Glaring, block colours in background. Hilarious.

    That wouldn’t have anything to do with they way Google archived the pages, would it?