After reading today that FindLaw had launched a mobile version of its website, I decided to check it out. In the course of doing that, I discovered that FindLaw has no listing for me. I knew it once did, so I followed the link to edit my profile. Sure enough, it had a username for me and a stored version of my profile info. After going through the profile-update process and submitting, I was taken to a “personalized” page,

It was as if I’d traveled back in time — to May 2008 to be exact.

Oddly, almost everything on the page, although ostensibly “new,” was from 2008. In a section of the page titled “FindLaw Features,” there was commentary on the election — the 2008 election! Under “Featured Documents,” there was a story about a certain New York governor embroiled in a prostitution scandal and a copy of the federal indictment of Barry Bonds in relation to steroids. In the “Recent Case Law” section, there were a number of cases, all from May 2008.

The only current content on the page was a single item in the “FindLaw Announcements” section and a single story in the “Lead Story from AP” section. Ironically, that single item in the announcements section was the announcement of the mobile version that set me down this path in the first place.

To see my trip back in time for yourself, click on the screenshot below to enlarge it.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.