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3 Things You Didn't Know About FindLaw

So you think you're familiar with FindLaw, huh? You may impress your friends and colleagues with your ability to capitalize the "L" in "Law," but we're not as easily convinced. Any real FindLaw follower would know at least three lesser known facts about the company that practically (and literally) first put lawyers on the Internet.

Ready to test your FindLaw mettle? Check out these 3 things you probably didn't know about FindLaw:

1) FindLaw Had a Bug...

More specifically, it had a spider. As early as 1997, FindLaw.com had an image of a spider in the upper-right-hand corner advertising its LawCrawler search capability. It may be hard to believe, but almost two decades ago, we didn't have the ultimate pleasure of Googling any notion that rattled around in our brains. FindLaw, like many other early players in the 90s Internet scene, had to figure out the best ways to get people to an ever-growing amount of information that was still incredibly disconnected. And apparently, users really liked the idea of clicking on a spider to do so.

2) Orange Is the New FindLaw

You may take for granted that FindLaw was always the iconic orange of our parent company Thomson Reuters, but FindLaw has actually undergone a number of makeovers since its inception in the mid 90s. You think we're still young? Oh, you always know just what to say. But seriously, around the same time that FindLaw was hitting the airwaves with its "Life Gets Legal" TV commercial, FindLaw was transforming from it's previous blue-green incarnation to the orange-hued edifice you see today. It's been about five years since we made the switch and left behind the woes of bein' green.

3) FindLaw at the Dawn of the .com Millenium...

In a coincidence that maybe wasn't so strange, FindLaw made the move from the founders' apartments to one of its first corporate spaces in Silicon Valley. That spot on Pear Ave. in Mountain View, California is now a construction site, but it was a vibrant hub of activity in September 1999. Don't believe us? Just look at the cover of TIME from that month. It was the dot-com boom, and FindLaw was just beginning to participate in the explosive growth of the Internet sector.

Don't worry if you missed one or two, FindLaw will continue to make history well into the future.