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Happy birthday, Google


google-cakeToday’s Google’s 12th birthday. Short of giving Sergey and Larry the traditional “birthday spanks,” I guess we’ll have to come up with another way to celebrate.

Before Google, I found websites by category, through Yahoo! or, gasp, AOL. (Were we ever so young?) It was like a phonebook! Ah, the dark ages. The ability to text Google (4-6645) for listings info has saved me on many pre-smartphone occasions, and before Gmail? Yeesh, I don’t even like to look back on those dark days.

Bring on the cringe-inducing nostalgia, PopWatchers. In the pre-Google days, what did your Internet habits look like?