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Trick GWS into serving a 2001 or 2003 Google.com homepage

David Bloom [PersonRank 1]

Thursday, July 27, 2006
10 years ago9,439 views

These URLs:
google.com//////
google.com/intl/en//////
google.com/intl/en/intl/en/
...will take you to an old Google homepage (copyright 2003). And this URL:
google.com/intl///////
...will take you to an even older homepage (copyright 2001).

You can also get these on archive.org, of course, but it's interesting that these files are still somewhere on Google's web server.

Todd [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Yes, and do a search and click on the cache... the cache is also from that era. I tried hezbollah, and clicked on the cache of the wikipedia entry and bbc news article.... 2002.

Sohil [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Neat Find.

OREO [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

I kinda like the 2001 page. It's hard to even remember that design.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Todd, I can't reproduce that...

Support Freedom! [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Gee, will these links take you back to the old "we do not censor..." pages?

(I had to ask!)

stefan2904 [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

no.

stefan2904 [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

this is also nice, google┬┤s stanford site:
web.archive.org/web/1999042819 ...

Or here the newsletter from larry and Sergey to googl friends:
web.archive.org/web/1999100903 ...

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

How and why do the trailing slashes affect what webpage you get?

Perhaps it's an artifact of the URL rewriting rules at Google's end.

David Bloom [PersonRank 1]

10 years ago #

My guess is that it is a weirdness caused by caching systems.

That said, two //'s do have a special meaning...they are supposed to indicate a new path relative to the protocol. Look at Slashdot.org's source code if you want an example, because it is used there (note the usage of "//images.slashdot.org").

Milly [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Remember that some of those multiple slashes are just acting as any normal characters (and being ignored), not as significant parts of the URL.

For example, David's original "(copyright 2001)" page with a URL of: google.com/intl/////// with 7 slashes can also be found with 3, 4, 5, 6 or, say, 24 slashes.

Or this: google.com/intl/this-is-where- ...

More on Google's handling of double slashes here: blogoscoped.com/forum/10977.ht ...

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