As part of the celebration of their 10th Birthday this year, Google has created a special section. This special section rolls back to 2001 in not only looks (less search options) and the index as it was in January 2001. Try doing a search for Firefox and you are going to turn up results about a video game and a personal blog of sorts was using the firefox.com domain back in 2001. Better yet try iPhone and take a look at the archive of the ZDNet article. A search for iTune turned up an article celebrating the milestone of 275,000 downloads. Yes there was even an iPod back then, but not as we know it now.
Here are some other suggesion from Google:
Amazingly enough, hidden in a corner beneath Larry’s and Sergey’s original lab coats, we found a vintage search index in mint condition. We dusted it off and took it for a spin, gobsmacked to see how different the web was in early 2001. “iPod” did not refer to a music player, “youtube” was nonsense, and if you were looking for “Michael Phelps,” chances are you meant the scientist, not the swimmer. “Wikipedia” was brand new. Remember “hanging chads“?
To access this special section simply go to http://www.google.com/search2001.html
Thanks Ryan (CyberNet News) for the tip!