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Google 2001: No Iraq War, No Sarah Palin

The clever folks over at Google are out with Google 2001, a search tool based on their oldest surviving database, the sum total of the web's contents in 2001.

Yes, web nostalgia is here. You can waste the whole rest of the day checking out what we did and didn't know way back in '01.

For example, "Iraq War" brings a slew of entries about the Iran-Iraq War.

And then there's this:

"Your search - 'Sarah Palin' - did not match any documents."

By Marc Fisher |  October 2, 2008; 3:52 PM ET
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Posted by: Anonymous | October 2, 2008 7:06 PM

Actually, although "Sarah Palin" with quotation marks brings up no results, "palin wasilla" without quotation marks does. The search engine links to Internet Archive, a web museum that regularly collects "snapshots" of how pages appear.

Most newspaper articles from 2001 regarding her policies are inaccessible using the service, of course. Owners of websites can opt out if they choose.

Remaining relevant results discuss Palin officiating at a Wal-Mart wedding, her recipe for sweet and saucy grilled salmon, one Anchorage Daily News article regarding her position on state property tax caps, and minutes from meetings with the Urban Rural Study Group where she discusses Wasilla's urbanity.

She wasn't entirely invisible, then. I hope someone would eventually make a search engine for other years, using data from Internet Archive where company data is absent.

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