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jAZ
09-15-2007, 01:24 AM
ROFL :doh!:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070914/tc_afp/uscompanygoogleinternet

Google, at age 10, is the official heart of the Internet by Laurence Benhamou
Fri Sep 14, 3:57 AM ET

NEW YORK (AFP) - Born 10 years ago, the Google Internet search engine has grown into the electronic center of human knowledge by indexing billions of web pages as well as images, books and videos.

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On September 15, 1997 Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two 24 year-old Stanford University students, registered the domain name of "google.com." The word is a variation of 'googol,' which refers to the number 10 to the power of 100, a term popularized by US mathematician Edward Kasner.

Page and Brin incorporated Google one year later, on September 7, 1998, in a household garage in northern California.

News of Google spread largely thanks to the efficient way the search engine classified results through algorithms, and it quickly became one of the most used methods to find information on the Internet.

From the beginning Page and Brin considered their role as global Internet researchers was crucial.

"We thought research was really important," said Sergey in a recent interview. "The other search engines stopped research on search. They thought that 'if our search engine is only 85 percent as good as the next guy, it's good enough for us.'"

To search for Internet documents it is necessary to permanently contact each site and memorize its pages, a colossal task for the Google data bank, which is constantly renewed, allowing the users to search for key words. Google needs several weeks to troll the Internet and renew its data bank.

Soon after its launch this search engine became a motor that "absorbed" web pages across the Internet, at a rate of billions per day.

Google has become the most popular Internet search engine in the world outside of China, Japan and Russia, handling more than 500 million visits a day.

In 2000 Google began to sell ads linked to key words. At the time, as the dot-com bubble was bursting and scores of web-based operations were declaring bankruptcy, Google was making a healthy profit.

When Google went public in August 2004 its shared initially sold at 85 dollars. Today its shares are valued at 525 dollars, and Google has a stock market value worth some 164 billion dollars.

In 2006 Google reached 13.4 billion dollars in revenue -- the third part based on Internet ads -- and profits of 3.7 billion dollars.

In the past years Google has expanded at a breakneck pace, and currently has some 13,700 employees. The company thrives on a culture of innovation: the best example is that it asks employees to dedicate 20 percent of their time to develop ideas for the company.

Page and Brin, now in their mid 30s, each have some 16 billion dollars in personal wealth.

In 2006 Google bought YouTube, the largest and most popular video exchange website, and soon after bought DoubleClick, one of the Internet's most powerful ad services.

Google also launched free e-mail -- Gmail -- as well as a word processing program, picture editing programs and a calender that competes directly with products from software giant Microsoft.

Despite the company motto of "Don't be Evil," it seems that the Google's ubiquitous presence increasingly generates hostility. Both Google and YouTube have been sued by media groups that charge that they have stolen content.

Its ads are directed at a very specific public based on their Internet searches.

Google's photographing of city streets has also been criticized, but also admired and widely used.

The human rights group Privacy International is lukewarm on Google's respect for private data. "At it most blatant it is hostile, and at its most benign is ambivalent," the group said.

Guru
09-15-2007, 01:31 AM
Gotta be nice to the competition you know.

HolmeZz
09-15-2007, 01:43 AM
From the beginning Page and Brin considered their role as global Internet researchers was crucial.

Needs some editing.

Smed1065
09-15-2007, 02:08 AM
16 billion and I would not care.

Putting it nicely!

BigRedChief
09-15-2007, 08:02 AM
When Yahoo was selling placement of the searches all of us techs knew that was a mistake. People are going to search for Checy and you sold the first result to Ford? How long do you think people will use your search engine? Asine.

Power to google for as best and as close to "real" results as there ever has been:clap:

chagrin
09-15-2007, 02:32 PM
Google is the perrfect example of how some good publicity and word of mouth will make you the "best" at something.
Personally I see no difference whatsoever in the search results I get from Yahoo - no graphics though, which I like over Yahoo.
I mean, I am not trying to start a debate more than I am genuinely curious. For example, I look up stuff all day from Technical Telecom stuff to Marketing to Genealogy to historical and educational references.

Someone tell me why google is so fantastic, is it just fun to say "google"?

BigMeatballDave
09-15-2007, 03:17 PM
Page and Brin, now in their mid 30s, each have some 16 billion dollars in personal wealth.

Jesus. How much interest would you earn on 16,000,000,000 per year? I would buy the Chiefs, just so I could personally kick Carl out of his office. I'd literally kick him.

Splat420
09-15-2007, 03:31 PM
I prefer Yahoo but a big reason is I used it first and don't like change.

KC Jones
09-15-2007, 04:06 PM
Google is the perrfect example of how some good publicity and word of mouth will make you the "best" at something.
Personally I see no difference whatsoever in the search results I get from Yahoo - no graphics though, which I like over Yahoo.
I mean, I am not trying to start a debate more than I am genuinely curious. For example, I look up stuff all day from Technical Telecom stuff to Marketing to Genealogy to historical and educational references.

Someone tell me why google is so fantastic...

Today the other search engines probably aren't so far behind google in terms of search, but once upon a time google was light years ahead of the competition. Also, the simplistic style has made them very user friendly. Then you start dipping into their other applications and interfaces. Google Maps started the whole ajax web 2.0 craze - simply put google is the leader when it comes to the internet. I could wax poetically about their distributed file system and the way their mapreduce framework makes massively parallel grid systems easy, but I think that would be pointless here.

BIG_DADDY
09-15-2007, 04:35 PM
I signed up Sergey Brin at 24 Hour Fitness in San Mateo when he was still a student at Stanford. Funny, he won't even take my call now. :shrug: