Eleven Years of Goog11e

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On Sunday September 27 2009, Google, the number 1 search engine in the world, celebrated its 11th birthday with a new logo, featuring an extra “l” to the name Google (anyone saw it?). PCWorld has an article discussing the search and advertising giant’s eleven year history. For most users out there, Lycos, eXcite and Yahoo was probably the search engine of choice before Google made its debut in 1998. Google has certainly come a long way (thanks to 2 men, Larry Page and Sergey Brin) since its inception as a Stanford University research project in 1998, to the global, multi-billion dollar company it today is. Google’s a classic “rags to riches” fairytale if you ask me.

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172698 google11 original Eleven Years of Goog11e

On Sunday September 27 2009, Google, the number 1 search engine in the
world, celebrated its 11th birthday with a new logo, featuring an extra
“l” to the name Google (anyone saw it?). PCWorld has an article discussing the search and advertising giant’s eleven year history.
For most users out there, Lycos, eXcite and Yahoo was probably the
search engine of choice before Google made its debut in 1998. Google
has certainly come a long way (thanks to 2 men, Larry Page and Sergey
Brin) since its inception as a Stanford University research project in
1998, to the global, multi-billion dollar company it today is. Google’s
a classic “rags to riches” fairytale if you ask me.

A brief look at Google’s 11 years:

Early Days: 1998

  • Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin dropped the original BackRub
    moniker in favor of Google, a play on the mathematical term “googol”
  • Google.com domain registered and with a healthy $100,000 investment
    from Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim, the two Stanford students rented
    out a $1,700 a month garage space in California’s Menlo Park

Growth & Expansion: 2000

  • Google reached a milestone of one billion pages indexed, and also
    expanded to support over fifteen languages including Chinese, French,
    German, Japanese and more
  • Yahoo! revealed that they will be using Google as their default search provider

The Written Word: 2003

  • Google acquired Pyra Labs, creators of the Blogger service, which
    allowed the masses to publish their thoughts online with ease
  • Google Print was launched: Now known as Google Book Search, the service
    allows users to view excerpts from thousands of books in digital form

Email, Google Style: 2004

  • Google introduces Gmail
  • Google moved to its Mountain View, California “Googleplex” headquarters, where the company still resides today

Mapping The World: 2005

  • Google released Google Maps and subsequently Google Earth
  • Release of the iGoogle customizable home page, Google Reader RSS feed manager and Google Analytics
  • Optimized mobile versions of Gmail, Blogger, and Search were also released

A Message From Chad & Steve: 2006

  • Google acquired online video site YouTube in a massive $1.65 billion stock transaction

The Growth Continues: 2007

  • Google Maps made its way to Australia and the Google Docs suite of tools being made available in several additional languages
  • Gmail made available to all, no longer requiring an invitation
  • Google introduced Google Street, an addition of street level photography to Google Maps

Going Full Circle: 2008

  • Google celebrated its 10 anniversary
  • Google announced open source Google Chrome
  • Google released Android, an open-source mobile OS

Google At Present: 2009

  • Google unveiled its Wave service in May this year
  • Google announced plans to release Google Chrome OS

News via [PCWorld]

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