What happens when you search for “Google in 1998”

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (4 years ago)

Google made sure that its 15th birthday became known to everyone - be it through the Google Doodle on the day (an interactive game where users could ‘hit’ a Google-themed piñata) or, on a more serious note, the introduction of Google Hummingbird, the latest search algorithm targeting at least 90% of search engine traffic.

For the Internet nerds, a niftier trick was brought about. Typing ‘Google in 1998’ in your browser’s search window brings up a results page straight out of Google’s birth year – original logo and all. The page sports archived versions of early Google pages, and even the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button makes its first appearance.

There’s a direct link back to 2013 on the cached results page, making time-travel a synch. We’re not sure how long it will last but for a nice dose of nostalgia, make the most of this fun little Google fix.

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