To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Google has setup a website that uses a database back from 2001. Google also wants to know what you think the future will hold, or should hold, for us Internet uses. In addition to the old search engine, they have another site dedicated to new ideas. In their FAQ’s, they answer the question of why not 1998 instead of 2001?
Since this is for Google’s 10th birthday, why are you showing us 2001 and not 1998?
Well, for various technical reasons that are too boring to go into, earlier versions of our index aren’t readily accessible. But we did still want to offer users a chance to search an older index as a way of looking back at web history, and the January 2001 index is the best we can do. We hope you enjoy it.
This is interesting to see how things have changed over the years. Put in the name of someone and see what the results were back in 2001.