Thirteen years ago yesterday Larry Page and Sergey Brin filed for incorporation as Google inc. At that time it is likely you were using Yahoo to search the internet and were unaware of just how pervasive the internet would become.
Just a year after incorporation, the verb ‘ google’ was commonly used in the English language. In 2006 it was added into the Oxford English Dictionary. Google had quickly and quietly positioned themselves as the kings of search
Google is much more than just a search engine though. Over the years they have added more and more services to ensure they are the go to company on the internet.
How Google has developed:
- 2000. Google launches Adwords, partners with Yahoo and becomes the biggest search engine in the world by indexing 1 billion URL’s
- 2001. Google image search is released with 250 million indexed images
- 2003. Adsense is unveiled giving millions of website owners the opportunity to earn money from their websites
- 2004. Google launches Gmail – a free but invite only email service.
- 2005. Google Earth and Google Maps are launched. Analytics and Reader are also released.
- 2006. Google buys YouTube for $1.65billion. Google checkout is launched as an alternative method for paying for online purchases.
- 2007. Android, the mobile platform, is announced.
- 2008. Google Chrome launches to compete with Firefox and Internet Explorer.
- 2009. Google Wave is launched (to be closed a year later) and Picasa the photo application is introduced
- 2010. Google Buzz, the first real attempt at a social network, is unveiled along with Google TV.
- 2011. Google+ the social button is launched, followed by Google+ the social network. Google acquire Motorola mobility for $12.5billion.
So in the past 13 years Google has moved from simply offering a search engine to email, route directions, satellite views of your home, video, pictures, social and much more.
Unlike many internet companies formed at the same time, Google has matured and evolved into a company that few can avoid using on a daily basis.
Happy Birthday Google. I cannot imagine the internet without you.