Google’s secret and/or forgotten places

I regularly check Google’s robots.txt as well as sitemap.xml pages (YES, Google does have a Google sitemap), with hope of finding new and interesting places to study.

Previously I wrote about Google’s unseen parts which could be found in Google’s robots.txt. Now I’m taking you trough some places found in Google’s sitemap.xml (please note that there are a lot of other pages in that sitemap which I will not write about, so go check them out):

The pages

Basic Google search WITHOUT ADS – This has got to be my nicest find, and I’ll be sure to bookmark it and use it a lot more than the usual Google. Don’t remove the &output=googleabout from the URL, because it will not work otherwise.

An old advertisment page – An old advertisment page where we find the first Google AdWords Select program.

Solutions for Financial Services (metrics) – A page with some really interesting Google stats, dated November 2005.

Jumpstart – If you’re a new advertiser planning to spend at least 50 U.S. dollars a day on AdWords, our Jumpstart specialists will use their extensive knowledge of AdWords to create a customized campaign that you can modify and use as a model for future campaigns.

Advertising Demos and Guides – Some really nice advertising tutorials, demos and guides.

10 Tips for Enterprise Search – Use these tips to find, index, and rank pages on your company websites more effectively as you improve your users’ search experience.

The last Adwords newsletter – dated July 2004, with some really nice sidebar stats.

Guidelines for Third Party Use of Google Brand Features – ALL the Google trademarks for all their services. The page also provides guidelines for the use of Google’s brand features.

The Google Web Directory – A page which is not public anymore, listing some nice infos and facts about the Google Directory.

Google Corporate contact page – Which is not public anymore, for some time now, and where we find some OTHER phone numbers than the ones used these days in their current contact page (go ahead and compare the phones below with the ones that are now in their contact pages):

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA 94043
phone: (650) 623-4000
fax: (650) 618-1499

Security Issues E-mails – You will find e-mails and send reports regarding security problems with any of Google’s services, systems, or networks. Quite useful.

Google dance 2002 and Google Dance 2003 – A funny Dance competition Google organized back then. Lots of never before seen photos of Googler’s and the Plex.

Notification of Account Termination for My-Deja Email Accounts – I actually don’t know what exactly the heck this is (I do have a basic ideea), but I’ll mention it anyway.

Google Jobs@Britney – I think it’s some test page of their spelling suggestion system. Anyway, I think I should report that page in the right spam report place, because it uses keyword stuffing :D

Google Lunar Jobs – Google is interviewing candidates for engineering positions at their lunar hosting and research center, opening late in the spring of 2007. Nice huh ?

Some Lunar jobs test page – A test/saved page which (I think) got left on the server. ANyway, you can re-see the old Google interface.

Add Google buttons to Netscape – Some really old page with info’s on how to put favourite bookmarks in Netscape’s browser (page not public anymore).

PDF Form Request your permission to use Google’s brand features.

Googlers in the Halloween Spirit – Some cool pictures with Googlers from 2000’s Halloween Party.

SEARCH AND DEPLOY – The race to build a better search engine – The New Yorker, May 29, 2000 © Michael Specter 2000. May not be reprinted without permission.

Google’s Zeitgeist 2001 Timeline – A neat Zeitgeist 2001 press timeline with some nice coverage and info’s. Offcourse it’s not public anymore ;)

Google’s 3 Billion mark – Google offers immediate access to 3 billion web documents (December 11, 2001)

Google’s 6 Billion mark – Google offers immediate access to 6 billion web documents (February 17, 2004)

Google’s Adsense launch – Google, developer of the award-winning Google search engine, today announced a new self-service option for Google AdSense, a program that enables website publishers to serve ads precisely targeted to the specific content of their individual web pages (June 18, 2003). begins using Google’s PPC program – Ask Jeeves and Google sign $100 million three-year deal (July 18, 2002).

Yahoo! and Google Join Forces – (Now that’s a FIRST) Yahoo! Everywhere and Google join forces to offer award-winning search technology to wireless Internet users (April 10, 2001).

Google Searches Related to America Under Attack – Google searches, stats and graphs from the 9/11/01 event (page not public anymore).

Google US Puzzle Championship – Is your brain feeling under utilized? Not enough mental challenge in your day job?

Fade PSAs – A suggestion gone extinct.

Papers written by Googlers – A partial list of papers written by people now at Google, showing the range of backgrounds of people in Google Engineering.

Online Business presentation page – Google can help your business make more money (yeah right)… Page not public anymore.

1, 2, 3, 4 – What the heck are these PDF documents ?

Improving Google Adwords – The ideas and the engineers that drive online advertising innovation. mirror – Exactly that. This page is a perfect mirror of

Ending note

Some of the above pages are no longer linked from any of the current Google pages, so it’s a high probability that very few people know of them. Some are actually pretty interesting and useful, some are fun, and some are really dumb.

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Cristian Mezei

I am myself.

18 thoughts on “Google’s secret and/or forgotten places”

  1. Nice finds!
    I think the PDFs you found are to print out and “giftwrap” a Google Pack CD to send to loved ones, or something.
    The “About Google” search shows no ads but is restricted to Google only…

  2. The “Basic Google Search without Ads” is alluring at first, but it’s also missing other things. It made me realise how much I like to know how many webpages a search returned.

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  4. Regarding “Britney” page: it was used as an example in one of the early “google zeitgeist” editions.
    Deja: DejaNews (later Deja) was the usenet archive that was bought by google. Registered users got their own deja email addresses for posting to Usenet. I had mine too!

  5. Nice Search for this Info… I Think later “Google Control the Revenue in Computer Technology”.

  6. My friend show me some tricks to do on google like type google in backwards and click on “i’m feeling lucky” and xx-elmer and press that same button and a few other things– are there more than just those?

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