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Happy Sweet 16th Birthday Google!
Google was incorporated on September 4th, 1998. It may have been “founded” a month earlier or a few months earlier, and certainly was in the brainstorming stages for at least a year at Stanford University, where its creators, Larry Page and Sergey Brin met. The word “Google” is a play on the word “googol,” a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. Larry and Sergey’s mission was to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web. A check was written for $100,000 by Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim to an entity that did not yet exist, a company called Google Inc., probably one of the single most important and greatest investments in the history of the 20th century, which would forever alter and change the future of the Internet. The rest is Google History.
Google has become the most popular search engine in the world. It is used by millions of people everyday with hundreds of thousands of websites being added to the Google index each and every day. Google processes over 40,000 search queries every second which is over 3.5 billion searches per day and results to about 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide, with the number of searches increasing every year.
Google has worked hard to become a massive enterprise. While Google once welcomed all types of websites at one time, Google has now moved into the role of the anti-spam enforcement. Google is a business that wants to deliver the most accurate and legit search results to its customers. If Google is doing the indexing and delivering the results, it also has the power to enforce websites to reduce spam and create legit websites that people want to read and visit.
While there are plenty of other search engines and Google welcomes the competition, Google is most definitely here to stay. There are plenty of things that Google does that many web masters and companies may not agree with, but in the long run, Google does have the world’s and Internet’s best interests in mind and at heart.
Google can be the best friend of any website or the worst enemy it could ever have. Google can deliver hundreds of thousands to millions of visitors to any website per day, but if that website is in any violation of Google policy, the website traffic could drop to zero visitors a day because it may not even show up in a Google search. It is unfortunate that Google can definitely affect the livelihood of any company if it chooses, but Google is normally not after destroying any company, or even its own competition. For example, a search of Bing, Yahoo, Ask, GoDuckGo, Blekko, and other search engines will all reveal those search engines right in the Google search engine. Many of those search engines actually rely on the Google search results as part of the algorithm for their own search results. Google does not target nor is it after destroying any individual company. In this respect, Google must always remain neutral, even towards its own competition if it is to be a trusted and reliable source.
This month we are celebrating the founding of Google and all the accomplishments of Google by delivering Google-related articles and infographics throughout the month in honor of the Google Corporation. We wish Google was paying us to write these articles, but like the movie The Internship, it is probably just free advertising for the massive search giant. If you are feeling generous Google, please feel free to donate or hire me.
To those of you that are not fond of Google, we apologize, and we do not particularly favor or dislike Google in any way, but throughout the month, our articles will focus particularly on the aspects of how Google can help you and your business including topics such as Google Analytics, Google Mail (Gmail), Google Plus, Google Drive, Google PageRank, and other Google facts and information.
For more in-depth information about Google, see the Google About page.
For a re-cap of our Google month, visit: http://confessionsoftheprofessions.com/recap-google-sweet-16th-anniversary/
Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.