Google before it was google

I’m not sure how I stumbled on it, but I came across this really old version of the BackRub home page – which is what evolved into Google. Its kind of interesting to see that some of the links that work and see some of the things that they mention.

I particularly enjoy the note to ‘ignore cgi-bin errors’ and that performance is slow due to NFS and antiquated hardware

Also, in the description of their logo in the FAQ is funny:

“The logo is simply a scan of my hand, from a flatbed scanner converted to black and white. The “back” in the picture is the scanner cover, and the shadows are from the scanner light.”

BackRub logo

One thought on “Google before it was google”

  1. That is great. I never thought to look google up on that site. Amazing that it’s only been 10 years for those guys. They’ve done so much.

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