Google’s 56 forgotten (secret) pages, part two

 
October 09th, 2006 - Filed under Google,Recommended Websites by Cristian Mezei
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Google SecretsSome time ago I was writing Google’s Secrets part 1. Time to show everybody, other Google things that most of us don’t see/get.

Again, some of these pages are indeed still public, but either have not been seen by many people, have been missed or are just very hard to find. The rest are just NOT public anymore and can be found either by searching the search engines for keywords, or by consulting the sitemap.xml and the robots.txt files:

  1. Holiday Certificate: Enjoy the gift of Google (local mirror).
  2. Enable Cookies help page.
  3. Google and Dilbert Doodle created by cartoonist Scott Adams for Google’s Holiday Logos.
  4. About Dennis Hwang (Hwang Jung-moak) – the designer of almost all of Google’s doodles. He’s a 28 years old Korean artist.
  5. Google Grants returns the 404. I guess Google’s tired to give money for free, or someone made a bubu. Also look at these Google Grants PDF documents from 2004 : Account Basics (local mirror), Keywords (local mirror), Ads (local mirror), Extra Help (local mirror).
  6. Why we sell advertising, not search results.
  7. Google Fan Logos – great collection of Google logos, made by fans all around the world. I don’t think this page is public.
  8. Google’s code of conductOur informal corporate motto is “Don’t be evil”.
  9. Google’s financial data where we learn that they actually made a dedicated row for “Settlement of dispute with Yahoo” for the 2004 Google – Yahoo dispute. Funny thing is that the WSJ reports a figure of $328 million and Google reports a figure of $201 million (which represented about 6% of all of Google’s 2004 income).
  10. Google Press Blog -YES, very few knew about it, I know. It even has a feed, so you can be up to date. None of the regular Google Blogs link to it anyway.
  11. Google Milestones – A history of Google’s achievements.
  12. Trademark Complaint Procedures – If you have concerns about the use of your trademark in their advertiser’s ads or in a parked domain name.
  13. Some older pages on a Google Tour and Building a better query
  14. The 2004 version of Google Labs: Why should you work at Google versus the 2006 (current) one.
  15. Explanation – Google’s explanation of their very disturbing search results when searching for “Jew” (2004).
  16. Google Store, Americas and Worldwide – Buy stuff branded with Google, like a Google beach towel or a White Google Polo Shirt for your wife. And yes, the Google stores are developed using Microsoft Technology (ASP).
  17. Google Gulp – They are pleased to announce Google Gulp (BETA)â„¢ with Auto-Drinkâ„¢ (LIMITED RELEASE), a line of “smart drinks” designed to maximize your surfing efficiency by making you more intelligent, and less thirsty.
  18. 2000 Google Easter Animation – Catch the eggs in order to spell “Google” (if you complete the game twice, there’s a suprise). Very funny and UGLY :)
  19. Some 100 Euro Adwords coupon for Google.de – Wrote in german.
  20. 10 Tips for Enterprise Search – A best practices tip sheet (local mirror).
  21. 10 things about Google’s Philosophy.
  22. Google’s fight spyware information page – In the footer, they recommend some anti-spyware programs.
  23. Google Alert #1: June 26, 2000, Google Launches World’s Largest Search Engine (is that right ? ;) )
  24. 20 Year Usenet Timeline – “Google has fully integrated the past 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups, which now offers access to more than 800 million messages dating back to 1981. This is by far the most complete collection of Usenet articles ever assembled and a fascinating first-hand historical account.”
  25. How to create a successful Google Grants campaign.
  26. Bouncing Heart Applet – See the 2000 and 2001 credits.
  27. Google Cheatsheet. FYI, did you knew that “~auto loan” will allow auto to match car, truck, etc ?. Here’s an extended Cheat Sheet from GoogleGuide and another PDF Cheat Sheet for print.
  28. Google Jobs Internship Opportunities – They’re looking for students pursuing degrees in computer science (or closely related areas), who love to problem-solve, code, and design.
  29. Google Jobs: Top 10 Reasons to Work at Google. I especially like #7 :

    7. Good company everywhere you look. Googlers range from former neurosurgeons, CEOs, and U.S. puzzle champions to alligator wrestlers and former-Marines. No matter what their backgrounds Googlers make for interesting cube mates.

    I mean, who the heck at Google is an alligator wrestler ?

  30. Video: An Inside Look at Google.
  31. Some funked up Google Logo, live on Google’s servers, from (insert unknown year and ocasion here):

    Unknown Google Logo

  32. 2001 Google Search Guide PDFs – Front (local mirror) and back (local mirror). From the content:

    DIRECTORIES VS. SEARCH ENGINES
    If you have a general idea of the subject in which you’re interested, but are not sure exactly what you’re looking for, a directory is a great place to start. Directories like Yahoo! use human editors to organize information in broad categories, such as finance, sports, or travel. Think of them as giant card catalogs.

  33. 10 Google fun facts:

    Googlers are multifaceted. One operations manager, who keeps the Google network in good health is a former neurosurgeon. One software engineer is a former rocket scientist. And the company’s chef formerly prepared meals for members of The Grateful Dead and funkmeister George Clinton.

  34. Google Timelines from 2001 (mentioned in the previous article too) and from 2002.
  35. Google Zeitgeist Special Edition – Election 2004 – A bit of insight into people’s 2004 campaign interests.
  36. Hi resolution TIF images (zip archived) with Google Executives like Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Larry AND Sergey, Eric Schmidt, Cindy Mccaffrey, Craig Silverstein, David Drummund, George Reyes, Jonathan Rosenberg, Omid Kordestani and others. Here is the full list of zip archives:

    http://www.google.com/press/guides/picasa2_overview_highres.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/cindy_mccaffrey.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/craig_silverstein.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/david_drummund.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/mini.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/es_results.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/george_reyes.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/francais.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/google_eps.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/google_hi_res.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/google_homepage.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/google_omid.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/google_search_appliance2.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/google_search_results.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/google_tabs_homepage.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/jonathan_rosenberg.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/larry_page.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/page_brin.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/omid_kordestani.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/sergey_brin.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/toolbar_hires.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/toolbar_screenshot.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/toolbar_screenshot_hires.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/shona_brown.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/eric_schmidt.zip

    http://www.google.com/press/images/alan_eustace.zip

  37. Zeitgeist Archive from 2001 to the present day, including searches done for CNN or World Trade Center, Pentagon, Nostradamus or Bin La Den on Sep. 11. Other Search Statistics Related to September 11, 2001.
  38. Corporate Information: Google Offices around the world featuring phones and addresses for each office, including driving directions – Page not public anymore.
  39. Google Content-Targeted Advertising – The ancestor of Adsense. From the page:

    How do you get started?

    It’s easy. If you’re a web publisher who sells advertising inventory, and your site receives more than 20 million page views a month, you may be a great fit for Google’s content-targeted ads.

    20 Million ? Really ? :)

  40. Premium Service for AdSense PDF (local mirror) – A 2003 PDF presentation of the Google Adsense Premium service. See the HTML version.
  41. A 2004 Adsense Tax PDF (local mirror). Look, we have a fax and a telephone number in the header :)
  42. Google AdSense Charity Ad Formats proposals and feedback requests. Amongst the questions asked by Google in this particular feedback page:

    1. What is your overall feedback about the proposed changes?
    2. The Public Service Announcements are no longer Google branded. What is your feedback about this specific change?

  43. The results was this page. They were named PSA too (from charity ads).
  44. Google AdSense Charity ad formats example (when there were only 6 formats available). Funny thing (if you look in the source code) about these “charity” ads, is the PUB ID and the fact that all those ID’s are live :

    http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/adclick?sa=l& ai=A0tJUlyc8_UJ8KIrzt8u3QG8AK_NVUnqLRIABAEAAFm-AEQwYh1ycsF2coR2b0 91NygDe5ADAseYVAAAA3IDO4lDMfF2cAIA&num=4&adurl= http://www.unitedway.org/%3Fas_grant&client=ca-slashdot_728x90

    So SlashDot used Adsense in the past ? Or was it a charity website ? :)

  45. A certain Frankfurt Print Tour by Thomson Course Technology.
  46. A cool 2004 Adsense Tour.
  47. Google Gmail tour from 2005 – It’s movie based. Great tour BTW.
  48. 2005 Gmail Program Policies Redline version (???) – updated June 28, 2004.
  49. A page with bloggers that wrote (reviews) about Gmail.
  50. Gmail’s Third Party Software Error page.
  51. Bulk e-mail sending tips and information from Gmail.
  52. 3 Gmail XMLs : spam-0, trash-0 and trash-1. Don’t ask me what they are.
  53. A Google Healthcare Powerpoint presentation (zip) by Kevin Gough (Product Marketing Manager – Google Enterprise).
  54. Google Mini Sweepstakes Rules.
  55. A 2005 Google Search appliance flash presentation.
  56. Google Mini Administration Interface presentation. I always wondered how the Admin interface for a Mini looks like :)

IF, for some weird, unheard of reason I included here some URLs which were present in the old secret Google pages post too, don’t take it personally.

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37 Comments so far

October 9th, 2006

WOW, that san impressive insight into the world of the mighty ‘G’

Just scanned it at the moment, I shall enjoy going deeper!

Cheers

Dave said:
October 9th, 2006

I think the XMLs from number 52 are the “news” feeds for the Spam and Trash folders in gmail.

Sexy Lynn said:
October 9th, 2006

How did you find these? Awesome work!

Anjesh said:
October 9th, 2006

A very comprehensive and impressive list. Just went through the google’s milestones. Great!! Thanks a lot.

Mascka said:
October 9th, 2006

Cristian Mezei, doing a great job for us…
Get us time to read all of this before publishing part 3..

Peter said:
October 9th, 2006
October 9th, 2006

Well, there goes all the work I planned to do for the day…

October 9th, 2006

Impressive research. I have been looking over that sitemap a while ago and this must have been a full day of checking pages for you !

congratulations on the hits!

October 9th, 2006

Nice find there Cristian, and thanks for the comments on my blog!

Stuey

NewsDoggy said:
October 9th, 2006

I saw another list a while back but only a handful of pages. Much better list here. Good research.

macewan said:
October 9th, 2006

Ok, so I tried some Google Gulp and my forearm hair fell out. Is this normal or should I make an appointment with my doctor?

October 10th, 2006

You should consult your doctor immediatly :D

Tough Love said:
October 10th, 2006

Excellent reading. Can’t wait for the next installment.
How will you ever find more?!

O'Desi said:
October 10th, 2006

Too goood

October 10th, 2006

Amazing!! Hatsoff to your info-digging skills !!

Shan said:
October 10th, 2006

Great work

October 10th, 2006

Nice and Good reading. Is impressive how many “forgotten” things have google on it’s servers:)

Regards

October 10th, 2006

cool links to google. Went through the job section of google…hmmm might have to move to US and apply for the field tech job ;)

denisutku said:
October 10th, 2006

Some of them are hard to believe. If you could have find a page about YouTube a few days ago, it would be the biggest “secret page”.

Gavin said:
October 11th, 2006

Brilliant work Cristian, now where do I find the time to play with this stuff.

Tim Dineen said:
October 11th, 2006

One of my favorites: Google explain their rnaking technology: PigeonRank

http://www.google.com/technology/pigeonrank.html

October 11th, 2006

That’s like the oldest gag in Google’s website. I couldn’t mention that. Everyone knows it :)

Jyrki Jaakkola said:
October 11th, 2006

Number 52: Trash-1 points to Trash-0

GreenEgg said:
October 11th, 2006

You need to update #5 – Google Grants is an active page now, but they seem to have changed focus – you can display ads for your non-profit site for free in Google Adwords.

Daze said:
October 12th, 2006

Interesting logo, weird. But check out this http://www.google.com/logos/googlelogo.gif

Any more clues?

stefanM said:
October 12th, 2006

great list. Some of them I knew, but not all of them as in this list. Great job, Cristi.

Abhijeet said:
October 14th, 2006

i am the group owner
please tell me how can i give the automatic numbering to my group mail

October 14th, 2006

You are the what ? “group owner” ?

E Wong said:
October 18th, 2006

Imperssive collection!
Mabe you should have included Google Space at Heathrow Airport:
http://www.google.co.uk/googlespace/
Cheers

November 13th, 2006

Your idea of gathering all these stuffs are really great.

Keep it up…and running..Ha LOL

anshul sharma said:
November 27th, 2006

you have done really a terrific job.
keep carry on for us.
thanks

tonyj said:
December 27th, 2006

preaty koool i’ll have fun lookin at all the dif.stuff ya showed me!!!i’m a newbie and amalways lookin to LEARN SOMETHING,THANX.

Web-hosting-reviews said:
December 30th, 2006

Nice one ..may be you missed Google Finance and answers .

Jeppe said:
February 1st, 2007

I can’t remember how I found your page, but thanks to you I have 11 new bookmarks and 2 hours les to sleep, it was definitely worth it though.

John said:
March 24th, 2007

Look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otiWcw8CiBw – nice step by step calculator. It`s true or fake? Maybe joke?

Michael said:
January 20th, 2008

You should also check this out: http://www.google.com/mars

http://www.google.com/moon

... dragons ... said:
January 22nd, 2008

have you heard of googoth?

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