The internet… 10 years ago

Google's Logo 2001
Google's Logo 2001

Google turns 10 this year, and in honor of their birthday, they’ve put an old index of the internet from 2001 on their site. This allows you to search Google and get the results you would have gotten in 2001.

From the Google blog: “…we found a vintage search index in mint condition. We dusted it off and took it for a spin, gobsmacked to see how different the web was in early 2001. ‘iPod‘ did not refer to a music player, ‘youtube‘ was nonsense, and if you were looking for ‘Michael Phelps,’ chances are you meant the scientist, not the swimmer. ‘Wikipedia‘ was brand new. Remember ‘hanging chads‘? (And speaking of that election-specific reference — if you’re a U.S. citizen, it’s not too late: please register to vote.)”

Strange how fast information changes! If you need a refresher on how to find good information using the library, check out our Research the Smart Way Workshops.

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Digital Services and Reference Librarian at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

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