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In an internet full of search engines, social networks, and a continuum of new websites, there is one company that has always stood out from the rest. Every day millions of people of visit their site and use it as a gateway to research and finding out a way around the world. This is the place where you can get your questions answered in less than .25 seconds. And today is it’s 12th birthday. To celebrate, I have collected some history and facts on the website powerhouse we know and love as Google.
The Power of Google
This Superbowl ad from last year is a 30 second glimpse into how Google can help you find your way through different events in your life:
Here are a few interesting facts I found out about Google’s past, from Telegraph.co.uk:
Summer 1995 - Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin meet at Stanford, when the 23-year-old Brin was assigned to show 24-year-old Page around the campus. They do not particularly hit it off, but Page joins the university as a computer science graduate student.
October 2000 - Google AdWords launches with 350 customers. The programme allows companies to market their services by allowing them to buy the most popular and relevant search terms.
July 2001 - Google Image Search launches, offering access to 250 million images.
October 2006 - Google buys the video-sharing website YouTube.
May 2008 - Google Translate adds 10 more languages, bringing the total to 23.
August 2010 - Gmail Calls allows users to call telephones through their email accounts using the microphones and speakers on their computers.
September 2010 - The company announces plans to launch Google TV, which will aim to bring the best web videos to television, in the US.
It’s safe to say that the internet would not be what it is today without Google. With the announcement of Google TV today, it only means more to come. Here’s to the next 12 years.