In honor of their 10th birthday, Google brought back their "year 2001" search engine, and allow us to re-experience "Google" as if it was in the past (year 2001).
Here's the link to the site: http://www.google.com/search2001.html. Do give it a try: it's breathtaking, dazzling, exciting, "crazy" and fun!
I tried accessing the site myself just now. Here's how the 2001 Google site looks like:
Notice the old Google logo?
Out of curiosity, I try to search Arvino Mudjiarto. Surely what Google displayed really looks like how it was capable to searched, crawled and displayed in 2001.
It's not as complete, as uptodate (nor as most recent) as Google that we experience today. Yet even such, the Google search & discovery capability already really amazing. For example: I don't even remember that once upon a time I had an email at Altavista (firstname.lastname@example.org!). But Google does! Google -- at that time -- already "know" about that fact. How amazing ! :-) :-) :-)
Out of bigger curiosity, I try to search Worxcode, the company that we happen to founded in February 20, 2002.
Surely Google can not find the company at that time. (Worxcode was not even born at that time). My conclusion: Surely this is a real "Google 2001 engine" stuff! It's not a "fake".
Such makes it even more exciting :-) :-) :-) because it means we could explore and experiment further to experience many other thing that we would "remembered" (or re-experience back), in the past.
I try to find out what people would find if they search the word "iPod" in 2001. This is what I found:
Notice that Google in 2001 still don't even have capabilities to search "image" at all!
As we can see: in 2001 there's no mention about iPod that is associated with Apple at that time! ... [Apple at that time is still in the process of crafting its cool back in the industry through its iMac, and the iPod probably at that time is still in their "lab"]. :-)
Hmmm ... may be this is the "web search result" that folks at Apple "saw" back in 2001, when they decided to name their new portable player "iPod" ?
We don't know for sure about this fact, but being able to "see that possibility" infront of our own eyes is truly exciting! ;-)
Contrast that with our search for iPod using Google today (2008) :
iPod is totally associated with Apple, these days.
For Google to do something like this during its 10th anniversary is really creative and imaginative.
- It allow people and society to refresh their memory about how the web looks like, how it feel, the kind of limitation and the kind of capability that it can provide in the past.
- Such give us all the sense and feel of how powerful Google & the web has become these days, how "lucky" we are today, and how it has all these great progress affect us all in a great way.
This showcase also becomee a great chance for us all to re-experience "our past"; to "reflect back" how the web (and how Google) really looked from the lenses, experience and eyes of the past.
Such experience is truly rare; something that probably we could re-experience once every 10 years, or 20.
Do give it a try everyone.