Google’s 23rd birthday – A celebration of all things Google!
July 7th, 2017 marks the 23rd birthday of Google, the world’s favorite search engine! The corporation. Has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1996. And grown to be one of the most recognizable brands in the world. The company was founded by two students at Stanford University, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Since its inception, Google has become synonymous with the internet, along with other staples such as Youtube and Gmail.
The Internet Before Google
Before Google came along, there was a time when Internet users relied on search engines like Yahoo. AltaVista and Lycos to help them navigate through webpages. These early search engines created lists and directories of popular websites that could be accessed from a single screen. Users then had to click through these directories one-by-one to get an idea. What else was out there on the Internet (think back to dial up modems and 28.8kbps modems). In comparison, Google changed everything by indexing every webpage. That it could find online—helping users quickly sort through millions of pages in an instant. What started out as two Stanford students tinkering around with their computer soon turned into Google. A multi-billion dollar company with offices throughout the world.
How Did Google Become Such a Success?
Google has a fairly involved, if not easy to understand history. Here is a good overview: Google officially launched its search engine in 1997. But was founded in 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The pair met at Stanford University. Where they were working on building a search engine that could answer any question posed by a user. After graduation, Brin and Page moved to Palo Alto where they set up shop in a garage owned by Susan Wojcicki. (she is now an executive at YouTube). While living there, Google began attracting venture capital investors from Silicon Valley including Andy Bechtolsheim and Ram Shriram. By 1999, Google had raised $25 million dollars.
Our Day Without Google
On September 27, 2006, Google users noticed something was wrong. The world’s most popular search engine had fallen off its pedestal for just a brief period of time. Sending millions into withdrawal. In honor of Google’s 23rd birthday. (the company was founded on September 4th, 1998). We want to celebrate all things Google by taking a day off from their services. Here are some ideas
What Did We Miss?
Although it might seem hard to believe. There are millions of people out there who are not yet familiar with Google and its growing list of life-changing products. Where would we be without access to a quick fact or map? How would we remember our important dates and times if Google didn’t remind us? What if our digital photos were stuck on our cameras or computers, never to be transferred and viewed by others? This year marks Google’s 23rd birthday–perhaps even more important than a regular birthday because that number is only going up. Below you’ll find links to some articles celebrating Google. If you’re as in love with Google as we are, let us know in your comments below; just don’t forget to tell us what your favorite product is!
The Future Of Google
We’ve come a long way since August 1998. From Google Video and Buzz to Google Translate and even an endearing little yellow face that everyone is looking for. It’s been a bumpy but thrilling ride. That’s why today we would like to celebrate google’s 23rd birthday with you by showcasing some cool facts about all things Google! Have a great time, go wild online and never forget… don’t be evil!