Sunday, October 05, 2008

A look back in time

Via Crooked Timber, I became aware of this pretty cool thing.

As people probably know, Google turned 10 years recently, and as part of that celebration, they've made available their oldest index, from 2001. So, now you can see how many hits you got on a search subject back in 2001 compared to now.

Google anno 2001

If I search on my name (in quotation marks), I get 4 hits back in 2001, compared to more than 4,000 hits now.

A search on "pz myers" (with quotes) returned 296 hits back in 2001, compared with the present 229,000 hits.

Searching on "google" resulted in astonishing 3,780,000 hits in 2001, but that dwarfs in comparison with the current 2,910,000,000 hits.

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