TGIF: Classic Video of Google Meeting from 1999

google-Dec99.pngVideo posted this week offers a trip back in time to the early startup days of Google. The vintage footage, posted by ex-Googler Doug Edwards, who was director of consumer marketing and brand management for Google from 1999 to 2005, offers a look at one of Google's unstructured all-staff meetings from December 1999 run by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

"Ad libbed remarks. New hire introductions. The board of directors presentation. Lame jokes. Off-key singing. Birthday cake. Silly string," Edwards wrote on the Xooglers blog.

Fair warning: this is footage of engineers, so don't expect "The Office." Also, the sound quality isn't the best. Despite that, it's an interesting look back at Google.

About the author

Danny Goodwin formerly was Associate Editor of Search Engine Watch, where he also covered the latest search marketing and industry news. He joined Incisive Media in October 2007, in charge of copy editing columns that appeared on both Search Engine Watch and ClickZ. Prior to a life in the search industry, he worked in the journalism field, working in numerous newsroom positions, before later working as a freelance copy editor.