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Turn Back Google’s Clock With Retro Links Script
Back in the day, when some of us old-timer SEOs used to walk to work in the snow (uphill both ways), we’d get to our desks, fire up our 14.4 modems, pop in a floppy disk, listen to our favorite songs on a Sony Walkman cassette player and optimize that meta keywords tag like there was no tomorrow. And when we searched Google, if it didn’t produce the results we wanted (yes, there was a time that happened, kids), there were a bunch of other search engine suggestions at the bottom of the page to make life a little easier. You could click one of the links and run your exact search on another search engine! It looked like this:
Remember that? Good times.
Yep, you’ve been around a while if you remember when Google used to link to competing search engines at the bottom of the search results. It was a really cool feature, but one day … it just went away.
Now, thanks to Google engineer Tiffany Lane, you can have these “retro links” back at your disposal. She’s written a Greasemonkey script — completely unofficial and not sanctioned by Google itself, mind you — that brings back those old links and, even better, lets you customize which web sites and search engines will show at the bottom of Google’s search results.
You’ll need to use Firefox and have Greasemonkey running, of course. Check out the announcement on Matt Cutts’ blog for full details and a link to download Retro Links. (While you do that, I’m gonna grab my iPhone and listen to Train … or maybe Dido … or some Blink 182.)