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For many searches, surfacing fresh information often ensures the best relevancy. However, sometimes people want to find older yet also relevant information. Our tools have long made this possible. Now we’re testing new before: and after: commands to make this even easier....
Where sites and companies behind those sites have disappeared... ie, they've been acquired or gone out of business... Google does not bring the old sites back. The rankings shown are the rankings of the surviving domains of the time in context
Sadly, once started, g will fracture its own index/reputation, or end up with TWO indexes "before" and "after" ... and might be as historical as / BC to AD
the idea of TWO indexes might make sense if we (or Google) were measuring from one point only, and that was a constant in time.
The before and after is cosmetic, with goal posts changing to suit g, not the user.
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The before: & after: commands return documents before & after a date. You must provide year-month-day dates or only a year. You can combine both. For example:
[avengers endgame before:2019]
[avengers endgame after:2019-04-01]
[avengers endgame after:2019-03-01 before:2019-03-05]
Power user note! If you provide only a year, before: & after: translates those into full dates that work, such as follows:
[before:2018] = [before:2018-01-01]
[after:2018] = [after:2018-12-31]
More power user notes! You can use either dashes or slashes in dates. Both of these are valid:
You can also use a single digit for month or day, so all of these are valid:
I have been obsessed with searching Google by date for a loooong time. In 2003, shortly after Google released its API documentation, I figured out how to create a date search form and called it GooFresh. It’s long gone, of course,...//
Google has retained date search all along, making it easier to use with the addition of date ranges (and custom date ranges) under its Tools option. Now, however, Google has launched (via a Twitter thread) two syntax that will allow you to do date searches without filling out a form: before: and after:.
In my view, for most people the after: operator would be more useful than the before: operator.aristotle, I'm going to disagree, as while what you describe might be true for you, and sometimes even for me, it's certainly not going to be true for everybody all the time.
The before: operator is seriously defective because it doesn't include pages that are no longer live on the web