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Google is primarily used for searching the open web (where indieweb sites typically rank highly), but also produces end user software, and hosts a number of content silos and other services.


Content silos:

Google also provides hosted client services / web apps:

  • Gmail - hosted email service

Notification services:

Messaging services:

Other services:

Google Cloud services:

  • Google App Engine
  • Google Compute Engine
  • Google Container Engine
  • ...

Other development tools:

Various business tools:


Exporting From Google

Readonly Silos

Google has at least one silo that they've shut down login/write access to, but are seemingly still maintaining its post permalinks (in redirect form)

Dead Silos

Google has shutdown a number of silos:

See site-deaths for more.

Dead Services

Google has shutdown a number of services (most recent first):

See also:

For more see:


On 2015-10-09, Google Drive (and associated Docs, Sheets, Slides) were offline.




Articles and blog posts critical of Google's behavior with respect to the open web, indieweb, open standards etc.:


Google is primarily known for its dominant search engine.

Google Web History

You can save your Google search history by explicitly turning on Google Web History

And then look up your past Google searches:

Search History

Google collects your search history for the purpose of gathering data for ad serving.

They do this whether or not you are logged in (e.g. with cookies), and whether or not your have opted into Google Web History (see below), though you can also opt-out of all ad-customization.

There is something apparently that shows your demographic and psychographic buckets according to this data, but only at a high level. It should be browsable and searchable.

Apparently they scrub logs after somewhere between 6 and 18 months, and much of the extra details stored in history they don't store at all, or only temporarily (until the log savers get to it, i.e. days).

Aaron and Tantek met via Google Search

On 2009-09-23, IndieWebCamp co-founders Aaron Parecki and Tantek Çelik met at an event Tantek organized, that Aaron found, via Googling for that date[6] and meetup san francisco[7] on the day of.

Aaron Parecki was visiting San Francisco (from Portland), used Google on 2009-09-23 to search for meetups in San Francisco, and found:

Aaron showed up, met a bunch of the microformats community in San Francisco:


Including Tantek. They kept up remotely and met again at the Federated Social Web Summit 2010, which provided inspiration for them to co-found the IndieWebCamp community, and co-organize (with Amber Case and Crystal Beasley) the first IndieWebCamp two-day event in 2011.


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