Search google and yield results like years ago ?

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Feb 12, 2013
  1. pasc
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    I always thought that the following idea would seem like alot of fun:

    Search google and yield the exact same search results from years ago.
    For example, search for the Term "Wii" years before its launch and get results that absolutely differ from todays.

    I guess the only way to get something like that working would be a timemachine.

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    Wayback Machine? I agree that'd be pretty cool though
     
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    well, the term "wayback machine" is misleading... this service already exits, it howver only works for specific sites, not google searches.

    But it and google cache came in handy more than once for me. God bless them.
     
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    Google DOES have a "search time range" function, but unfortunately it doesn't record the metadata, so a page from 2003 that don't have the word "wii" in it will show up if it's from gamespot, who has "wii" in all of their damn tags for every single page, retroactively.
    Also google's ability to determine when a page was made/edited apparently suck or are easily-influenced as well.
    http://reviews.cnet.com/consoles/nintendo-wii-super-mario/4014-10109_7-35055752.html
    'Cause that page is NOT from 2003, but google's timestamp says so.

    ANYWAYS, there IS a wayback machine for the internet, but it only gets some things.

    Like, here's nintendo.com in the year 2000.
    http://web.archive.org/web/20000622012535/http://www.nintendo.com/home/index.html
     
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    I also thought about that. Would be pretty interesting to see the results.
     
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    Rydian, like I already said, I'm fully aware that it is possible to visit images from specific websites...

    Like you said, however the google search isn't so well working when it comes to search stuff of the past.
    I bet that if anyone had a snapshot of a google search with a specific term that did not exist back then (for example, lets just assume apple googled for iPhone for the lulz in 2005) and you would go ahead and compare it with googles retar*** results then you would be only one thing:

    D-I-S-A-P-P-O-I-N-T-E-D

    What I would love is a true implementation. -> not very likely.

    Google Cache and the Wayback machine however are neat.
     
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    Google had a "this is what it was like" search for a little while when they had an anniversary the other year. Sadly they discontinued it after the celebrations were over- http://www.google.com/search2001.html ( http://blogoscoped.com/googleresults/ appears to mirror a few of the more choice terms).
    You might be able to pull something off with some of the remaining search engines but they were not brilliant either- there is a reason google rose up (directory searches.... urgh).
     
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