For Google’s 15th Birthday, Search “Google In 1998″ For A Flashback

Google turns 15 this week — celebrating its official birthday on Friday. But it already is gearing up for the celebrations with a special easter egg. Search for “google in 1998,” and you’ll see how Google used to look back then, in the year of its birth.

The head of Google’s web spam team, Matt Cutts, shared the news on Twitter. Here’s how it looks:

google in 1998 - Google Search

Kind of nostalgic seeing the old look — and some of the names of other search engines of the period, which Google used to link to at the bottom of its results.

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  • Owain Powell

    It’s scary how quickly things have developed over time. It wasn’t so much the layout or functionality of Google which irritated me at the time, it was more the speed of my computer on Windows 3.1!!!!!

  • seoservices4smallbusiness

    Woo waiting for tomorrow’s doodle !! Happy B’day GooGle in advance !!

  • http://ronrule.com Ron Rule

    Can they make the 1998 version permanent so keywords will still pass through?

  • Klauss

    Not working here in Brazil yet… =/

  • Mohamed Ismail

    Advance B’day GooGle!!

  • shakeel

    From the Google website in 1999: Danny Sulivan quoted us in his mailing list at SearchEngineWatch.com.

  • shakeel
  • Dan Patrick

    SWISH!

  • shivaprasad

    Happy Bithday Google in afvance from India

  • shivaprasad

    Happy Bithday Google in afvance from India

  • OfficialJab

    Access it on Netscape Navigator to complete the illusion.

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