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Now and Then

Posted by Sravan | October 2, 2008 .

Google does a lot of interesting things for its users, trying to involve and interest us more and more. Yesterday, it made its first ever search index (Jan 2001) available to the public as part of its tenth anniversary celebrations. Like a wayback or internet archive machine, only, way faster.

Here are the results of a few keywords of our interest. I’ll let the numbers do the talking.

Keyword 2001 Web 2008 Web Increase
Adobe 4.14M 325M 7,850%
Apple 5.79M 502M 8,670%
Google 3.78M 2,660M 70,370%
Microsoft 15.7M 767M 4,885%
Sun 21.9M 890M 4,064%
Yahoo! 21.2M 2,360M 11,132%
ActionScript 20,800 18.7M 89,904%
Beautiful Web 3.64M 230M 6,319%
Flash 6.66M 1,300M 19,520%
Geoweb 25,200 1.48M 5,873%
Mobile 9.11M 1,220M 13,392%
RIA 0.316M 30.5M 9,652%
Rich Internet Application 0.473M 19.2M 4,059%

The results for RIA and Rich Internet Application may not reflect what we are looking for because these as a concept haven’t yet entered mainstream though some of the technologies being used for them are becoming a part of every Internet user’s vocabulary.

Some words like iPhone and Silverlight didn’t even exist in the way we know today.

Keyword Year 2008 Web
AIR 2008 8.2M
AJAX 2005 101M
Flex 2004 85.4M
iPhone 2007 328M
JavaFX 2007 1.52M
Silverlight 2007 17.4M

If only we had more such indexes available, at least an index a year, we might be able to trace the history and growth of RIA with a more clear-cut timeline.

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