[Oct. 20] : Historical Review of This Week in Search

6 Years Ago : October 20, 2004
Over on SearchDay Veterans of AltaVista, Excite and Infoseek reminisce about the early days of web search, and opine about Google, then and now.

“Doug Cutting, Primary Developer, Nutch (formerly Senior Architect, Excite), Steve Kirsch, founder, Propel Software (formerly founder, Infoseek) and Louis Monier, head of R&D, eBay (formerly chief technical officer, AltaVista) together, reminisced about the early years of search engines.

And one by one, they each openly admitted that they had been approached by two students with a new idea for a search engine. “Go pound sand I told them” said Steve Kirsh. “I wasn’t impressed with their demo at all” said Doug Cutting. “I didn’t have the authority to sign a check anyway” said Louis Monier.

The two students which they all turned away, of course, were Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Their new idea for search was called PageRank, and would eventually become the power behind Google.”

It’s probably safe to say that Doug, Steve & Louis are still kicking themselves.

Over on Search Engine Round Table online marketers discuss Bush & Kerry search battles. A press release goes on to provide some research detailing the specifics of Pay Per Click on Google. Who bids on the candidates names, What they are promoting, How many people, and so on. One funny observation appears to be that Democrats are promoting an online dating website for single Democrats for a searches on “John Kerry”, but Republicans don’t do so for “George W. Bush”. Meaningful, not exactly, but somewhat entertaining.

I wonder if the there are similar shenanigans for the November 20 mid-term elections?

Rusty Brick asks: “What in your mind can a search engine announce to the public and have such a drastic impact on the SEO community? Responses include:

(1) The announcement by Google of a pay for inclusion service.
(2) Google Desktop now utilizes the contents of your computer to give you customized search results.
(3) Microsoft buys both Yahoo and Google (MicroYahoogle).
(4) Google releases a 64-bit operating system that is backwards compatible with all Windows software.
(5) Google announces new open source algo.

Funny how the more things change in search, the more they say the same?

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