Google Archive Search

Google Archive Search

Summary: The first thing I thought of when I saw domains like google-archivesearch.com (registered Friday) was the WayBackMachine.

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The first thing I thought of when I saw domains like google-archivesearch.com (registered Friday) was the WayBackMachine.  If my gut instinct is correct, it won't be long before Google launches a similar service that lets us peer into the history of the web.

How much information does Google remember about page changes though?  We know they keep at least one cached copy, but is it possible that every time the cache is updated, the old version is filed away somewhere safe?

Here is the list of domains Google registered yesterday:

archivesearchgoogle.com/net
archivesssearchgoogle.com/net
google-archive-search.com/net
google-archive.com/net
google-archives-search.com/net
google-archives.com/net
google-archivesearch.com/net
google-archivessearch.com/net

If I am on the wrong track with the web archive, another possibility for a service named "Google Archive Search" would be one where you could search for historic articles from things like newspapers and magazines.  Also don't forget the deal that was made with the Associated Press -- it could have something to do with these domains also.

You might know that most public libraries offer free databases that do this very thing -- for example, full text articles from the 1800's in the New York Times can be downloaded free of charge using a licensed database.

What do you think?  Is Google going to provide a "cool" service that lets you see the history of the web, or will it be a service that lets you search through historic publications?  Or, if you think it could be something else, let me know.

 

Update:

Gary Price of Resource Shelf has some commentary on these new domains as well.

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  • Google Archive Search

    There is a lot Google can do here. Your post is very timely. What I think Google can do is at this link.

    http://baris.typepad.com/venture_capitalist/2006/09/google_and_the_.html

    Thanks for this great post.
    BarisKaradogan
    • Re: Google Archive Search

      Hmm.. that is a very interesting article Baris... I will have to read that book to gain a better understanding of statistical text comparisons. Thanks.
      Garett
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  • Google Archive Search

    GAS is a horrible name for a service.
    mqmaqorg
    • Re: Google Archive Search

      haha... that is pretty funny actually, I never noticed that.
      Garett
  • Web Archives?

    Ever hear of Archive.org? Is Google Buying it?
    paisleyamoeba