Off-topic message confusion

From: Jules Richardson <>
Date: Fri Dec 24 09:48:44 2004

On Fri, 2004-12-24 at 07:19 -0800, Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Dec 2004, Roger Merchberger wrote:
> > Rumor has it that Eric Smith may have mentioned these words:
> > > > How old is google anyway? Presumably it'll be on topic in a year or
> > > > two? ;)
> >
> > Doubtful, Yahoo's only 10 years old, according to one reference - and it
> > even includes what Yahoo originally stood for:
> >
> >
> >
> > When this list was started, AltaVista was king with Yahoo not far behind,
> > IIRC; Google didn't come around for a few years after that.
> Interestingly enough, we first learned about Google from someone posting a
> message to this list about a "new experimental search engine". I wish I
> could find that message to see who it was that posted it. It would have
> been back in 1997 or 1998.

I didn't realise it was that recent (I would have guessed at 1996).

Annoyingly I know I was using the web occasionally in the early days,
but don't remember exactly which years even (1994 or 1995) or when I
first used a search engine, or any specific instances of what I actually
used the web for.

My memory's too bad these days, and I don't have much in the way of
personal data from those days (which is an interesting point - at least
these days storage is cheap enough that people don't tend to delete
anything; shame there's less stuff of interest to actually preserve
though! :-)


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