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Thursday, October 2, 2008

This is Awesome

I don't know why but it is.

Thanks to Google, you can visit a time machine into the past. Or the next best thing. The Google archive from January 2001.


I completely forgot that I at one time wrote a two sentence movie review about X-Men on a movie review website.

Kimberly Koski Great entertainment, better than expected

I saw my name there, in black and white and thought to myself... did I really write this? And I have concluded that since I have never found another person with my name online, I must have.

Al Qaeda pulled up 1,670 hits in January 2001. That's a far cry from the 16,700,000 hits currently on Google.

Wikipedia was apparently a tiny concept known only too a few. A mere 681 hits, compared to 272,000,000 today. The weirdest part of the Google 2001 is not seeing the pretty much ubiquitous Wikipedia page pulled up with every search. How weird is that??

I think this picture speaks for itself. But since you asked, here's the article accompanying the picture:

These days, cell phones provide an incredible array of functions, and new ones are being added at a breakneck pace. Depending on the cell-phone model, you can:

  • Store contact information
  • Make task or to-do lists
  • Keep track of appointments and set reminders
  • Use the built-in calculator for simple math
  • Send or receive e-mail
  • Get information (news, entertainment, stock quotes) from the Internet
  • Play simple games
  • Integrate other devices such as PDAs, MP3 players and GPS receivers

Bwah ha ha. I like that there are links to explain what e-mail and the Internet are.

Clicking on the link to email, you are informed of this:

Every day, the citizens of the Internet send each other billions of e-mail messages. If you are online a lot, you yourself may send a dozen or more e-mails each day without even thinking about it. Obviously, e-mail has become an extremely popular communication tool.

Why yes, I do probably send a dozen or more emails each day. I keep getting one from this really nice Nigerian widow who says she's got a great deal for me if I email her over my Social Security and bank number.

My favorite bit is that Barrack Obama pulled up only 9 hits. John McCain was a decent 225,000.

So what cool things are you finding?


Andi said...

All I did was look up my name and find some really bad poetry I wrote in college - please no one Google me on this archived version - spare me the humiliation.
But this was really cool.

Chris said...

This is hilarious! It's funny how things change in just 7 years.

Andi said...

LOL, I didn't find any good dirt on myself. I wasn't quite the 'net addict in 2001 that I am now.

Can't wait to look up some other stuff, though!

Trish said...

It makes you wonder where we'll be in another 7 years. That really isn't that much time!!

Bookfool said...

I did that "see how unique you are" thing, the other day -- how many people have my name. 22,000 people have my last name. 82 have both my first and last. I'm crushed. I want to be unique. So, I changed my first name to something I thought was rather unusual and there were still 6 of me. That's just not right.

So, was that the real you that wrote a two-sentence review? Because I'm curious to know whether or not you live(d) in Starkville, Mississippi.