elgooG homepage
Type of site
Search engine
OwnerGelhat Ayad

elgooG (the word Google spelled backwards) is a mirrored website of Google Search with horizontally flipped search results, also known as a "Google mirror". It was created by All Too Flat[1] "for fun", which started to gain popularity in 2002.[2] elgooG found practical use in mainland China after the domestic banning of Google, circumventing the Great Firewall,[3] but it no longer works. A WHOIS request shows that the domain "elgoog.com" was registered to Google LLC since 2000, but it is currently for sale.[4] The site has since migrated to the domain "elgoog.im",[5] which is accessible in mainland China as of January 2024.[6]

Google Easter eggs

As of 2022 elgooG offers so-called Easter eggs which purportedly existed at some time within Google Search.[7] The manner in which elgooG came into possession of these Easter eggs is unclear, although the site claims to "restore, discover and also create interactive Google Easter eggs".[8]


Main article: List of Google April Fools' Day jokes § com.google

On April 1, 2015, Google created an official mirrored version of Google Search for April Fools' Day.[9] The site was available at com.google, and was the company's first ever use of the .google top-level domain.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "All Too Flat". www.alltooflat.com. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  2. ^ "Google Mirror FAQ". All Too Flat. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. ^ Knight, Will (2002-09-06). "Google mirror beats Great Firewall of China". New Scientist. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  4. ^ "Whois Record for elgoog.com". DomainTools. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Google Mirror - I'm elgooG".
  6. ^ https://viewdns.info/chinesefirewall/?domain=elgoog.im
  7. ^ Shankland, Stephen (16 April 2022). "20 Hidden Google Search Easter Eggs to Hunt For". CNET. Archived from the original on 16 April 2022. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Google Mirror - I'm elgooG". elgoog.im. Archived from the original on 17 April 2022. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  9. ^ Tweedie, Steven. "Search Google backwards with this secret April Fools' Day trick". Business Insider.
  10. ^ Williams, Owen (1 April 2015). "Roundup: All Of Google's Jokes For April Fools' Day 2015". TNW. Retrieved 25 March 2022.