Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Happy birthday Google

So, today Google becomes a teenager.

I can remember more or less my reaction when I first heard of it... "Google, what is this? some kind of competition for Lycos? those fools, they'll never be as big".

The interface in 1998

Right now the company is one the largest internet related businesses offering everything: searches, blog hosting, videos, documents, and even a new social network. Who would have thought about it all those years ago? And people who have grown with Google, how do they think we searched the web before it existed?

Well there were several web hosting companies that offered a search, and some others that established themselves as the first generation of dedicated search engines: Altavista, Lycos, Excite, Yahoo!. Some of these still exist but none has a chance of competing with the almight Googz, not even Microsoft's attempt Bing.

Will the domination end? Will space explorers still use Google's services 500 years from now? Will it all end December 21st, 2012?
For now, Happy birthday, yo.


  1. Wow 500 years is a long time. Don't think anyone alive today will be there then but I guess Google will go from strength to strength. If only they don't do anything anti-user for their G+ like Facebook is doing.
    Dec 12 is so not happening ^^

  2. So Google is a teenager, that explains an awful lot.

  3. Hmmm.. Google has come a long way; it will be interesting to see where it goes...


  4. I was using Altavista at the time and I thought google looked way to blunt. But eventually it was the easiest to use giving the best results.