Google Image Search Can’t Find Images From Before April 2008

So apparently if you try to filter out images in Google Image search to show images from April 2008 or earlier, Google will tell you that you are out of luck. If you change it to May 2008, sure, but something about April 2008 or earlier, Google Image search cannot help you out. I am not sure why exactly?

Maybe all the images in their index are from after that date?

Here are screen shots:

Set the date filter:

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Get no results:

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This was first reported by Rochelle from what I can tell:

Danny Sullivan from Google said on Twitter said he will pass it along but he guessed “images from that time period probably don’t have embedded meta data with the dates and are on pages published since the web began, which means assumed dates of 1993 onward.”

Or maybe Google is trying to hide all images from before April 2008 (conspiracy theory – just kidding).

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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