That was fun to say!
I have started this post countless times to meet my mission to you, that is to provide valuable current information. However, I feel I am on a treadmill not running fast enough! As soon as I type a sentence or two, get up from my computer for a cup of coffee, I return to find new news about Google! So like my “F is for Facebook post”, this will most likely be out-of-date as soon as I publish it. We live in exciting times, where we really are in the middle of social change where the way we interact with each other is in total transition and believe it or not, we are shaping it as consumers. So let’s raise the banners and let me tantalize your taste buds about Google!
So what really is Google?
Gosh Google’s offering has grown and grown over the years to become quite the internet giant – another G! Simply, Google’s mission is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” With that mission, it is technically an internet search company but somehow that descriptor doesn’t give it justice as it is so much more. Google has developed many web applications that have significantly impacted the way we interact. So I have decided to describe Google with key milestones and facts within its timeline.
Key Google Facts From 1996 to 2011
- (1996) Backrub was Google’s original name when it started as a research project of the then graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
- LEGO was used for Google’s first storage unit. They used LEGO bricks as they made it easy to expand the unit when needed for their hard drive. That’s right! Now that is innovative and fun!
- (1998) First acquired funding of 100,000 dollars from Andy Bechtolsheim.
- Backrub was incorporated as Google: the name was derived from the mathematical figure googol which represents the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.
- The 20-year commitment was made between Eric Schmidt (CEO), Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google Guys). They made the commitment to work together at Google for 20-years.
- The first Google Doodle was posted on their webpage. The first post was to advise users that they were out of the office at an event. It was well received and now Google Doodles has been used since to recognize key events.
- (2000) 1 billion pages indexed making Google the largest search engine in the world.
- Adword was introduced – a step into Google’s advertising program.
- (2001) Image search was launched.
- (2003) Blogger was acquired joining the ever-increasing Google portfolio
- Google Advertising Professional program was announced.
- Adsense was launched which today has become the world’s largest content targeted Ad program.
- (2004) Gmail was launched.
- 8 billion pages indexed.
- Google went public-opening stock was $85.00 per share (September 4, 2004).
- (2005) Google maps and Google Earth were launched.
- (2006) YouTube was acquired. YouTube is the current leader in the video-sharing.
- Google was entered in the English dictionary as a verb. We no-longer search, we google for information.
- (2007) Andriod was launched and Google enters the mobile space.
- (2008) Trillion pages indexed.
- Chrome web browser was launched.
- (2009) Google sends its first tweet in binary code: The message, sent in February 2009, reads “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010.”
- (2010) Google was listed as the world’s top brand for the 4th consecutive year.
- Google’s 2010 Advertising revenue was 23+ billion dollars.
- (2011) +1 button is launched making it easy for friends and connections to share their recommendations across the web for them to see. Google describes The +1 button as shorthand for “this is pretty cool”.
- Google Plus Social Network was launched. The social network has got a lot of attention as a key competitor to Facebook. The doors were open to a select few in June by invitation only. On September 22nd the doors were open to the general public. Google Plus currently has over 20 million users. Surprisingly, the number one person followed on Google Plus is Mark Zuckerberg with over 500 thousand followers!
- Google Wallet was launched providing the ability to make payments by swiping your smartphone at checkout; essentially turning your phone into your wallet!
- Flight Search was launched - a new application for finding and booking flights.
- Google currently holds 90.90% of the global market share for internet search.
- Google currently holds 45% smartphone marketshare
- Google currently manages more than 1 billion searches and over 7 billion page views a day
- Google’s current share price is $525.51 (significant growth compared to $85.00 of 2004)
Now that is quite the timeline! As shared above, Google has been listed as the world’s number one brand for 4 consecutive years. However in May 2011, Apple took the number one spot with Google occupying the second position. Regardless, without a doubt Google has had an incredible journey with many Gs!
From a Garage beginning to a Global Giant providing all kinds of online Goodies! No doubt there is more to come.
Propaganda Poster from ritholtz.com:
Cartoon used by permission of the Cartoonist.
- Google Doodle Celebrates Jim Henson’s 75th Birthday (techeblog.com)
- 10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Google (Mashable)
- Amazing Facts and Figures About Google (Jeffbullas)