We Use Google Every Day, But Do You Remember What It Used To Look Like?

Can you remember a time before Google was the search engine that dominated the Internet? Not many of us can. Google as we know it today came to be back in 1998 as the brain child of Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Originally Google was going to be called BackRub. Thankfully Larry and Sergey changed the name, and never looked back. Thanks the power of The Way Back Machine, which archives websites, we can take can take a look at Google during those early years.

Warning. Examples of painfully bad examples 1990’s and early 2000’s web design are ahead.

This is what the Google homepage looked like in 1997. Pretty sparse right?

Clicking the top link would take you here.

And clicking the bottom one would take you here.

By December 1999 the Google Beta was the homepage. Here’s what the about page looked like.

Going back in time using the Google logo. Can’t believe they almost called it BackRub. That would have been weird.

In 1998 this was the first Google logo doodle. It’s a picture of the Man at Burning Man. Larry and Sergey created it to let visitors to the site know where they were for a week.

A snap shot from mid-1999. Looking more like the Google we know and love today.

Google finally emerged from beta in October 1999. Ain’t she a beauty?

Hurrah! We’ve reached the end of 2000, and Google is looking more normal. Also note the appearance of Google AdWords.

At this point Google was available in 25 languages. Today, that number is 80.

Tabs were added to search for different things in 2001.

The blue boxes were taken away in 2004.

The menu options at the top appear.

In 2010 Google finally ditched the weird shading on its logo.

The black box at the top was added in 2011.

Another slight logo change in 2013.

This is what Google looks like now. Super elegant, and amazingly beautiful.


Check out what a few of your other favorite websites used to look like back in the early days of the Internet.

Microsoft’s old website is painful hilarious.

Nytimes.com from 1996.

AOL.com from 1998.

Yahoo.com from 1997.

MTV.com from 1997.

IMDB.com from 2000.

Apple.com from 2000.

FoxNews.com from 2001.

CNN.com from 2000.

Microsoft.com from 1999.

(H/T: Business Insider)

The Way Back Machine is a pretty cool way to see what websites used to look like. Show your friends how terrible their favorite websites used to look by clicking below to share this story on Facebook. 

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Putting IBM’s $25 Billion Stock Price Crash In Perspective

IBM is an icon of the technology industry. Or at least it was.

Paul Morigi / Getty Images for FORTUNE

IBM once stood alongside Microsoft and Intel as icons at the forefront of the technology industry. But now, it’s on its way to making history — and not in the good way.

The technology company is sent to end 2014 as the worst performing stock among the 30 companies that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average. And this would be the second consecutive year the company finished last among the blue chip stocks of the Dow — an achievement that, according to the Wall Street Journal, was last pulled off by Bethlehem Steel in 1995 and 1996.

For those paying attention to the technology industry, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise: IBM has long been playing a desperate game of catch-up. In 2014 alone, IBM lost more than $25 billion in value, despite IBM’s aggressive share buyback programs, which typically raises the value of outstanding shares.

Just how bad is that decline? Let’s put it in perspective:

In the same year IBM lost $25 billion in value, Facebook’s valuation rose by about $68.7 billion.

Stephen Lam / Reuters

Since going public in 2012, Facebook has quickly found its footing as a mobile advertising company, creating several lucrative lines of business. It also recently launched Atlas, a new flagship advertising product, that should expand its advertising footprint even further. Already, Facebook has surpassed many of the old guard technology companies and is well on its way to being among the highest-valued technology companies in the world.

At the end of 2014, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is worth more than $262 billion.

Jason Lee / Reuters

A e-commerce service that is dominant in China, Alibaba went public in the United States in one of the largest initial public offerings ever. By the end of the year, Alibaba was worth well more than IBM — and even Amazon, the dominant e-commerce service in the United States.

Yahoo continued to become more valuable, but mainly because of Alibaba.

The Associated Press

Despite new CEO Marissa Mayer’s efforts to turn the company’s advertising business around, that hasn’t happened yet. Still, Yahoo is worth $11 billion more than it was at the beginning of the year, but that’s mostly thanks to the success of Alibaba, of which Yahoo owns a 16.3% stake.

Apple’s valuation rose by almost $200 billion in 2014.

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Apple’s business continues to roll, with major launches of a new iPhone and a suite of new iPads earlier this year. The company also, ironically, signed a deal with IBM that would help it increase its footprint in large corporations, and also unveiled a smart watch that is supposed to come out sometime in 2015 — creating a brand new product line for the company.

In a little more than a year, one of the hottest new phone manufacturers has rocketed to a $46 billion valuation.

Jason Lee / Reuters

Xiaomi, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer that many industry observers compare to Apple, was worth $10 billion in August last year. This month, it closed a round of funding that valued the company at $46 billion, a jump in value well beyond the decline of IBM’s market capitalization.

This year, Uber went from a $10 billion company to a $40 billion company.

Quickly rising to one of the most valuable startups in the world, Uber earlier this month confirmed a $40 billion valuation, up from a reported $10 billion valuation earlier this year. Uber, like Xiaomi and other highly-valued startups, has built a lucrative business out of its service, which allows users to hail a car through an app.

Even Microsoft, with a new CEO in charge, increased in value by $81 billion.

Jason Redmond / Reuters

Earlier this year, after years of tepid growth in the company’s value, Microsoft named Satya Nadella as CEO. The stock promptly spiked, and since Nadella took over, the company has released its Office tools on mobile devices including the iPad. In the past year, Microsoft has accrued more than $81 billion in value.

And Google, which had a rough year, is still doing better than IBM

The Associated Press

Google’s valuation dropped by $14 billion in 2014, as its advertising business continued to face challenges as the advertising market switches to mobile. CEO Larry Page has re-organized the company in an effort to spur innovation and build new product lines like self-driving cars and Android phones.

Amazon took a $41 Billion hit to its valuation.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has always shown a relaxed attitude toward turning a profit, and this year his stock was punished for it. Still, the company is investing in new businesses like tablets and streaming services, and Bezos appears to have no interest in slowing that down.

Meanwhile, Snapchat’s value has tripled.

The Associated Press

Earlier this year, the company was valued at $2 billion. However, the company that rejected an offer from Facebook for more than $3 billion, is reportedly raising a funding round that values the ephemeral photo-sharing service at $10 billion.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattlynley/putting-ibms-25-billion-stock-price-crash-in-perspective

‘What is this, the Dark Ages?’ Tweetdeck goes down, massive freakout ensues


TweetDeck users were just minding their own business, when suddenly, all hell broke loose:


According to Gizmodo, the issue was “an XSS vulnerability that allows attackers to execute code remotely on your computer just by tweeting it out.” Here’s what that looks like:


TweetDeck claimed to have fixed the problem:


But users weren’t exactly convinced:




Nope. About half an hour after tweeting that the issue had been resolved, TweetDeck sent this update:


Basically giving us the green light to freak out:


Awww, don’t cry! TweetDeck may have been on life support, but our sense of humor never skipped a beat!



Supposedly, the problem’s been fixed for reals now:


We’ll see about that.


Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/06/11/what-is-this-the-dark-ages-tweetdeck-goes-down-massive-freakout-ensues/

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I once visited a forum where someone asked if it was possible to make money on Google. And in a very short while, he was inundated with responses and answers, most of them answering in the affirmative. If you are looking for ways, methods, and techniques on how to make money on Google, then this article is for you. Google can make you money both directly and indirectly. In this article, we will be focusing on the indirect method.

As you know, Google is the biggest search engine in the world right now. It commands over 78 percent of internet search and is used by people all over the world. As a result, this makes it one of the best places to advertise your goods and services as you get the largest market forces gathered in one place. Advertising on Google is further subdivided into two types. There is the organic search engine ranking and the inorganic, paid, or sponsored listings. The latter is available on the right hand side of the search engine result pages and the organic is found on the left side of the results.

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