A Semi-Visual History of the Google Homepage

...up through 2004.

As I'm sure most people are aware, the face of Google has changed a bajillion times since its debut on November 11, 1998.

However, I didn't think it would look like this:

Wowzas. That is... impressive.

Several days later, on December 2nd, 1998, it looked like this:

Later, on April 22, 1999, it looked like this:

Um, gee.

From October 2nd, 1999, through July 10, 2000, it looked like this:

(the rectangle on top was probably some variation of the Google! logo. Dunno what happened to it.)
Then, on July 11, they changed it a teeny teeny bit and rearranged the text.
On August 15th, 2000, they made the image a little less wide (it's still grey though).
The number of web pages searched changed around for a while, until October 2nd, 2001, when they added tabs...

...which they then promptly got rid of, on November 28th, 2001...

...and then put back, on December 4th, 2001...

Then, on December 10th, 2001, the very first custom Google header appeared! This one celebrates the Nobel Prize Centennial Anniversary, according to the alt text for the image.

Over the next several days, Google Docs is launched (or at least I think that's what the "New! Search 300,000 Documents Using Google!" button means).

July 2nd, 2002, the Google homepage says, "Organize your company's intranet using Google Search Appliance." Over the next month or so, various links to various Google-related things show up on the homepage.

Then, on September 23, 2002, a new tab is added:

Nearly two years later, on March 31, 2004, the tabs are taken away AGAIN, and Froogle is added. I have no idea what Froogle is. Possibly a money-saving device?

August 10th, 2004, the second custom Google logo was made, this time for the Olympics (hosted by Athens that year):

Ten days later, on August 20th, 2004, the header changed again for the soccer events:

The logo changed a couple more times, but the pictures aren't loading so I can't take a screenshot worth anything.

But on August 30th, 2004, it changed to the "Olympic champions" image:

Later that day, it changed back to the normal, un-loadable Google logo.

On December 29th, 2004, the Google homepage featured a link to "Ways to help with tsunami relief."

And that is the end of our semi-visual tour of the Google homepage! Hope ya liked it :)

(if you're wondering, I ended at 2004 because 2005 had 1,000-something entries. Also, this post may seem rather unremarkable and quick to read, but it literally took about two hours of sifting through Google pages to find the ones that are visually different.)

Source: the Wayback Machine.

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