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Luka [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
11 years ago7,709 views

Damned! No blogoscoped nor Zorgloob!

google.com/search2001/search?q ...
google.com/search2001/search?q ...

Luka [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Strange results for "[put at-character here]gmail.com" request :

To provide a central site of information and services to members of the armed forces.
gmail.com/

The www.gmail.com newsletter distributes information for all branches. Filled with news, unique links, searches, tips and articles, and you're invited to ...
   gmail.com/usmilitary/subscribe ...

Jakob [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

No results for seach query YouTube ;)

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

A search for "Google" brings up 2 non-Google owned results on the first page. (Today the first 2 pages are Google owned)

And only 161 results for "Philipp Lenssen" :P

I would love it if they made this feature permanent!

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[moved from "Google : 2001 web" – this was posted more or less simultaneously.]

Take a look at that:
news.google.com/search2001/sea ...

(the robots.txt has just been changed!)

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[second comment]

Oups, this is the home page news.google.com/search2001.htm ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

That "Tony Ruscoe" guy has been around forever... :-)

google.com/search2001/search?q ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

query for "blog" is so old school! (-:

Thomas [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Funny thing about Paris Hilton :)

google.com/search2001/search?q ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

/! From F.A.Q :
"How long will this service be available?

   One month. It's kind of lame to be celebrating a mid-September birthday in late October, don't you think?
"

Greg [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Search for Wikipedia gives Nupedia as the first result (someone that isn't me could explain why).

google.com/search2001/search?q ...

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]Greg: That's cool!

Nupedia was a very serious encyclopedia project. You had to be a highfalutin' expert in your field to contribute. As a result, after a year and a half they had only a small handful of articles.

So the Nupedia people set up a Wiki with the hope that it could be used to prepare initial versions of Nupedia articles, and they called it Wikipedia.

Very quickly, Wikipedia overtook Nupedia, which was soon abandoned.

The fifth snippet of Greg's search sums it up: "Wikipedia is a wiki-based encyclopedia project. It's fun! ... Wikipedia is more straightlaced than the Bomis wiki and less straightlaced than NuPedia"

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

This is a really cool toy and I hope it will still be available after a month. Too bad that Google doesn't have the cached pages.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I bet it was much easier to get a Googlewhack (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googlewh ...) in 2001.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

For some request I get an error page from Google "the page does not exist". And you?

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Same here. Reloading several times seems to solve the issue. I'm guessing it's not on all their servers yet.

Anon [PersonRank 7]

11 years ago #

Oh no! Searching for lolcats only brings up one result.
Somehow, I am glad that I wasn't using the internet in 2001.
An internet without a lot of image macros is a bleak internet indeed.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Your search – "Sarah Palin" – did not match any documents.
("barack obama" 773, "john mccain" 158000, ...)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Here are the top 10 gaining search queries from January 2001, according to Google Zeitgeist:

1. chinese new year
2. australia open
3. chinese horoscope
4. chinese zodiac
5. year of the snake
6. chinese astrology
7. golden globes
8. hotmail
9. chat
10. warez

The top declining queries:

1. lunar eclipse
2. darwin awards
3. temptation island

Google even posted the "top 5 porn star queries" for that month... I'm not sure they'd have the guts to do that these days!

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Zim [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Wow.... This is amazing! :D

Andy Wong [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

This remind me the good old days 10 years ago when the elegant results fro Google excited me.

I called its mechanism as Intelligence Harvesting, though many years later I know the official term is Collective Intelligence.

David Tapper [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

only one result for "lolcat" :D

google.com/search2001/search?q ...

124 [PersonRank 4]

11 years ago #

Use Google 2001 and search google. Then click on View old version on the Internet Archive. You will see the 2001 Google homepage.

Jordan117 [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

This is a fascinating resource, and one of the coolest things Google has ever done, so it's frustrating to me that they'd only make it available for one month. I mean, it *is* fun and all, but it's also a really useful tool. It completes the work begun by the Internet Archive – they mirror the content, and Google 2001 makes it searchable. Why they would limit a service of such utility to a limited-time-only bonus makes no sense to me. They still host all their old doodles, right? The pages for all their old April Fool's Day pranks are still there, too. So why not keep this amazingly cool time machine of a search engine around?

Please, if anyone from Google is reading this, please, please, PLEASE keep this thing going. Gmail lets us search our correspondence. Google Maps lets us search the world. And Google 2001 lets us search our past, better than any other service I've ever seen. You simply cannot let it disappear like some silly easter egg.

Jason Alva [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

New York World Trade Center

news.google.com/search2001/sea ...

Even better...

George W. Bush

google.com/search2001/search?h ...

The best part is here...

"George-W-Bush.com – A Reformer Because It Sounds Good
At a press conference earlier today, presidential hopeful George W. Bush announced his running mate will be Cuban refugee, Elian Gonzalez."

or here...

"George W Bush – not a crackhead!
Look people: the Bush family is fed up with elections. Now that we're back inpower, we're not leaving again. For hundreds of years we have had to put up ..."

Ulf Sjöström [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

"bush"

George W. Bush is running for President of the United States to keep the country prosperous.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

> Why they would limit a service of such utility to a
> limited-time-only bonus makes no sense to me.

I asked Google about this, wondering if they had different more serious reasons beyond the one provided in the FAQ. They say there's "no further reasoning beyond it being kind of lame to be celebrating a mid-September birthday in late October." Google also adds:

"But if you and others really love it, let us know. I imagine we'd be open to keeping it up longer if there's loads of positive-feedback/usage."

Internet User [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

I'd like them to have an archive of all the internet for all of time, so you can *always* search for whatever you want, relevant to whatever period you'd like.

Mahesh Gopi [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Please search "World Trade Center Osama" see the links .. it will clearly say that There was threat to WTC from Osama... If the FBI would have used the Google.. they would have saved the WTC.. Google HAs provide a Time Machine .. People please research on other topics lke this..

Stephan Locher [PersonRank 9]

11 years ago #

WOW, I'm so happy I've had some spare time today and used it to read old Blogoscoped Articles and find out about this, according to the Homepage they will shut it down tomorrow, so I'm even more lucky to use it just in time:

Back in 1999 we had a test at school were one part was writing an essay. I had some nice ideas for the topic "My City in 50 Years" and got the best result at our school for this test, because it was a county wide comparision I was not allowed to keep the essay but had to give it back to the school again, but before I did this I put it on my homepage because I was so brave on it and wondering what other people thought about my writing.

As time flies by the homepage eventually vanished but not my afterglow on this piece of writing. Every now and then when someone told me about a writing of their own or I read one of Philips Science Fiction postings I rememberd the essay and wished to read it again. I tried a lot of search strategies such as "which webhosting provider did I use back then?" or I searched the web archive for phrases out of this text but I never succeded.

Now with google search 2001 it was enough to do a egosearch and click on the Web Archive link do find what I was looking for so long. The Quest is finally over, I just jumped up, danced and sang "This-is-so-amazing" for about 5-10 Minutes(Which is a good workout, by the way).

If this isn't a reason to keep this kind of old search active for longer, what else? :-)

Serious: There are some reason why it's good that you can't search in the past forever which have primarly to do with privacy. I believe there's such thing like a "right to oblivion", it doesn't look right to me if someone who did something wrong in the past but changed and started over her life should have to justify her pictures from the past on a silly homepage.
On the other hand site, If a technology like this exist and with a couple of millions of dollars(or a court order) some people have access to this data it should be available to everyone, so everyone has a change to realize how his actions can influence his future so that he can work on a community/society which isn't to vengeful.

What do you think?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I think it no longer works :(

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Covered here last week already:
blogoscoped.com/forum/143837.h ...

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