November 18, 2007
It is interesting and fun to see how Big Internet Companies like Yahoo and Google was before. Here are some screenshots from Google and Yahoo from 1998 to 2001.
Google Vs Yahoo in 1998
It seems that always Yahoo liked the directory type on their search engine. But if you see a screnshot from Yahoo 1996 is totally a mess.
Google Vs Yahoo in 1999
After one year in 1999, Google changed their main page and applied some tables with some background colors. If anyone remember those days email marketing was highly demanded so Google added an email newsletter where you were able to get Google updates monthly. Hmmm a question… Did they copied the exclamation mark from Yahoo!? (I think so)
And Yahoo! made the best change. Oh How many users was very happy for this change. I remember that I was like “OHHH that is a great change” Old days… I missed them:
Google Vs Yahoo in 2000
Google in 2000 changed their horrible tables with colors to something similar that is now, but there were a cool message where it counts how many pages Google indexed (Anyone remember this?) Was great.
After few months in 2000 they added something very interesting little message: “Best Search Engine” Yahoo Internet life (and now in 2007?)
Yahoo in 2000 added the Yahoo! Shopping on their main page and no major change on their design:
Google Vs Yahoo in 2001
Google In 2001, added the Google directory and removed the “best search engine” message. They realised that they can be the best search engine and started something similar that Yahoo had which is a directory (then Google mess with copycats webmasters when they were one of them ehehehe):
Yahoo in 2001 removed the Yahoo! Shopping box and added the Auction one, then added the shopping links below the search box no major change in their design:
I really like to see comparions and see how big companies like Google went from zero to the biggest and most important search engine over the net. It seems that they really copied (at the beggining) some Yahoo! Success which was the “directory” and the exclamation mark. If you see they also applied the email marketing on the first days of Google and then self advertising “How Good Google is” this is an old letter that Google wrote about “Google’s Success Story Continues!”:
Google Ranks #1 in NPD Search & Portal Scorecard Measuring Loyalty and Satisfaction
Google has done it again! Every quarter, NPD NewMedia Services, an independent survey organization, conducts a Search & Portal Site Tracking Study that assess Internet users’ satisfaction with and loyalty to the 14 key search and portal destinations on the World Wide Web. And for the third consecutive quarter, Google ranked #1 in the survey’s scorecard measuring loyalty and satisfaction. Internet users who participated in the survey ranked Google far superior in the following categories:
* #1 Overall Opinion of Site: 97 percent of users rated Google as excellent or very good.
* #1 Site Recommended to a Friend: 94 percent indicated that they would recommend Google to a friend.
* #1 in Comparison vs. Other Sites: 98 percent rated Google either much or somewhat better than other sites.
* #1 in Frequency of Delivering the Information Sought: 97 percent of users surveyed reported that Google found the relevant information every time or most of the time.
* #1 for Relevant and Accurate Search Results
* #1 for Meeting the Needs of Users
* #1 for Comprehensive Results
* #1 for Delivering Value
* #1 in Use for Business Reasons
* #1 for Ease of Use and Navigation
* #1 in Share of Future Visits
* #1 for Site Reliability
* #1 for Speed in Loading
These stunning results, which come on the heels of two recent Google milestones–Yahoo’s selection of Google as its search engine of choice, and the launch of Google’s billion URL index–clearly demonstrate that our uncompromising focus on providing the best search experience makes an important difference to Internet users.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our efforts, Google Users!
And here is about who are NDP:
The NPD Search & Portal Site Tracking Study was fielded during Quarter 2 2000 using the NPD Online Research SiteSelect® methodology, which selects a randomized sample of visitors to a client’s web site and invites them to complete a survey through an ad banner invitation. For this study, ad banners were placed in general rotation on each of the participating sites. A total of 27,146 site visitors completed the survey.
About The NPD Group
The NPD Group is an international marketing information company headquartered in Port Washington, NY. Founded in 1953, the firm specializes in providing marketing information and associated computer software-based information management systems. NPD is the ninth largest market research firm in the U.S. based upon 1998 revenues, according to the American Marketing Association’s Honomichl 50. NPD New Media Services is a division of the NPD Group, which uses World Wide Web-based technologies to conduct and deliver market research and analysis. In addition to SiteSelect, NPD New Media Services also offers the NPD Online Panel, a pre-recruited sample of Internet representative individuals for conducting market research on the Web. For more information visit the NPD Group Web site at www.npd.com.
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