Google has put up their index from January 2001.
Take a look at the world of the past, as seen by Google.
(Apologies if this was already posted; search is acting odd for me. Maybe I’m getting the SDMB from 2001.)
Today “Barack Hussein Obama” gets 800,000 hits. Back then; none. Leaving out his middle name gets 771.
While the first hit matches some teenager, the second hit for Paris Hilton is about a hotel in France.
This one is interesting: saddam hussein osama bin laden
Some of you may have known about this already, but the last excerpt from this search looks amusingly anachronistic:
The revolutionary iPhone is a fully integrated telephone and Internet device
with a built-in touch screen to bring the world of the Internet into your home
What else can be found back then?