Proof that Yahoo! Googles

This is hilarious.

Yahoo! uses Google too!?

Specifically, the Ask Yahoo! service used Google search results and forgot to change the word Google to Yahoo!

It starts here: How many countries are there in the world? – Ask Yahoo!
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Notice the line

We realized the chances of finding a Yahoo! category on the subject were about as small as Andorra, but we were confident the Google search results would point us in the right direction.

MMm… someone left the word Google there?
While the link actually points to a search.yahoo.com result page.

Internet Archive – Wayback Machine

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I then went into the Internet Archive (yes, Yahoo archives the entire internet…) and looked at this Ask Yahoo! page in the past.

And I found that the “Google search results” link originally pointed to “google.yahoo.com” search results.
http://google.yahoo.com/bin/query?p=how+many+countries+in+the+world&hc=0&hs=1123

Strange, Yahoo used to have a google.yahoo.com subdomain …
google.yahoo.com in the past.
It used to just point to a Yahoo search page. But from 2002 onwards it just became a page with just “Do you yahoo?” on it before the subdomain was removed from yahoo in about 2003.

You can still see the “do you yahoo?” page archived here.

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4 Comments »

  1. thefreeman Said,

    January 18, 2007 @ 1:09 am

    This whole Yahoo that Google’s thing sounded familiar, so I did some reading. Here is ‘n quote from The Google Story (ISBN 0-330-44005-5) by David A. Vise “On June 26, 2000 Google took a giant leap toward universal recognition by inking a pact with Yahoo to provide the Internet powerhouse with Google-generated search results.” According to the book Yahoo previously used Inktomi as its search-result provider.

  2. Stii Said,

    January 18, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

    At first, it does sound funny that Yahoo! uses Google tools, but thinking about it, Yahoo! is a Web 2.0 frontrunner and one of the core technologies/philosophies about Web 2.0 is Mashups. So true to Web 2.0 spirit, they’re doing the right thing!

  3. Rickie Said,

    January 19, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

    This is from 2001. How on earth did you miss that?! Back then, Yahoo used Google for searches.

  4. Colin Bowern Said,

    February 12, 2007 @ 6:35 am

    No surprise there. I google’d when I was at Microsoft. Search engines will come and go. Altavista, Yahoo, Google, and others will each have their time in the spot light.



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