Wow! How did it all happen so fast? Google in Wayback Machine


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You can't help but be amazed by the growth of Google. How have they gone from nothing back in 1998 to one of the worlds most successful companies?

I have just had a quick play with Wayback Machine to see what URLs were first archived for Google - the results are great!

This post is really one for all you die hard Google fans....

Nov 1998 we have the first signs of Google. A blank white page with 'Welcome to Google' with no search facility; just two hyperlinks:

1. A link to 'Google Search Engine Prototype' - where they proudly state "Index contains ~25 million pages (soon to be much bigger)"

2. And the second link: Might-work-some-of-the-time-prototype that is much more up to date.

Scraping around it was also interesting to find some links to papers that had been written by Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page with a link to Sergey's old email address :) sergey@cs.Stanford.EDU

I also came across this page which I found fascinating: Efficient Crawling Through URL Ordering - a white paper written by Junghoo Cho, Hector Garcia-Molina, Lawrence Page - Department of Computer Science Stanford University {cho,hector,page}

Anyway, it does echoe the fact that this industry has really only just begun. Testing on Google Beta began just over 10 years ago! I can't wait to see what is in store in another 10 years time!

Well done Sergey and Lawrence.

And well done Stanford Uni. There must have been a lecturer there that put his or her neck on the line to ensure that these two trouble makers had the resource to test this new 'search engine'. Who would have imagined they were on to something so amazing!

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