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Google Celebrates Its 15th Birthday ~ A Success Story

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  1. Goal Line Technology

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    Love Google Or Not ~ This Has Been A Story Of Success - So Far


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    The Internet giant Google is celebrating its 15th birthday today.


    The firm was founded on 4 September 1998 by university friends Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

    Despite the milestone date being reached, Google may not be marking the event until later in the month
    - having put out last year's Google Doodle to celebrate their 14th anniversary on September 27.

    It was originally called BackRub, but they later settled on the name that has become so familiar to Internet browsers that it is used as a verb in its own right - "to Google".



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    Google celebrated its 14th birthday with a cake on its search engine home page.

    The company, which has become known for marking anniversaries of all sorts on its home page,
    has remained tight-lipped about whether users can expect any birthday surprises.
    For its 14th birthday, an animated birthday cake with 14 candles was gradually diminished slice-by-slice to reveal the Google logo.



    Here is a look back at some landmarks in the company's history:


    1998 - Google is incorporated

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    The firm was incorporated on 4 September 1998 by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin,
    who had met at Stanford University in California three years prior.
    Later the same year, the pair cash their first cheque for $100,000 from an investor, and hired their first employee.
    In December, PC Magazine noted that Google has an "uncanny knack for returning extremely relevant results".


    2000 - Google learns new languages

    In May, the first 10 language versions of the search engine were launched: French, German, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish.
    Chinese, Japanese and Korean were added in September.
    Today it owns some 160 domain names for each of the countries or regions where the search engine is localised.


    2001 - Google Image search launched

    Users were given the ability to search the Internet for images, with an initial offering of a quarter of a billion pictures.
    This was followed the next year by the launch of Google News, which browsed some 4,000 news sources.


    2005 - Google on the map

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    Google Maps was launched in February, allowing users to search addresses anywhere in the world.
    Two months later, satellite views and directions were added to the service.
    By this time, the company had indexed ore than four billion web pages and one billion images.


    2006 - Google enters the dictionary

    The Oxford English Dictionary added the word 'Google' to its annals, noting the fact that it had entered common usage as a verb - "to Google".
    Google also announced its acquisition of YouTube in October.


    2007 - Google Earth goes intergalactic

    Google Earth - which allows users to view the Earth's surface via satellites - expanded to include the Sky, with layers for
    constellation information and virtual tours of galaxies.
    It was the start of an ongoing plight to expand the horizons of Google Earth, resulting in attempts to map coral reefs, mountain tops and the Amazon.
    The service was also widely used to respond to humanitarian crises by this point.


    2008 - Street View launched

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    People around the world start spotting the Google car, which captures the imagery for Street View Google launched its Street View
    service allowing users to 'zoom in' on a satellite map and view the surroundings from street level.
    Initially, the entire route of the 2008 Tour de France was offered.


    2010 - Self-driving car

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    Google's self-driving car Google began experimenting with its self-driving car, notching up more than 140,000 miles.
    The cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to "see" other traffic, as well as detailed maps to navigate the road ahead.
    Google said it hoped the technology could help reduce the number of deaths on the roads.


    2012 - Google Glass

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    Google founder Sergey Brin poses with Google Glass.

    In June, the company officially unveiled Google Glass.
    Rumours had been circulating for some months about the reality glasses that overlay digital information onto the user's view of the real world.
    The glasses also allow users to take pictures and record video.

    2013 and beyond...

    Looking to the future, Google Glass is one of the internet giant's latest products, aiming to offer voice-activated hands-free connectivity through a wearable device.


    Industry experts have praised Google for its success - but questioned how long it can stay at the top.


    Joseph Lampel, professor of strategy at Cass Business School, City University London, said Google had to continue to innovate
    to make sure it stayed ahead of the curve to survive the next 15 years.


    Professor Lampel said: "I am not surprised they have survived this far but if you're asking if they will survive until they are 25 or 30, that's another question."


    He said there was increasing competition from search engines from emerging markets, especially those in Asia,
    and added: "Google might not be able to maintain their level of dominance, if the industry opens up to competitors.
    "The question also arises of the very function of Google. The search engine business will shift in the next decade into new technology and new devices."

    Prof Lampel attributed Google's success to its speed in adding services to their search engine and their push into hardware with products like Google Glass.
    "All in all, they have done very well, and they have had an enormous influence, without question," he said.


    Colin Cieszynski, senior market analyst at CMC Markets, said: "It's really incredible when you think about what Google has done over this period of time.


    "They've taken a lead in the second wave of success of the internet, becoming the premier company.
    It's like there was a shake-up, and they're the ones who ended up on top. Yahoo has struggled along, but lots of others have fallen by the wayside.


    "They have continued to innovate. The question is, how long do you manage to stay on top of everyone else?
    "But this anniversary is incredible for them - they're still on top. To dominate for so long is amazing."


    Jonathon Fletcher: forgotten father of the search engine



    As Google celebrates its 15th birthday, the web giant has become a byword for information retrieval.


    But if you put Jonathon Fletcher's name into a Google search, none of the immediate results hint to the role he played in the development of the world wide web.


    There is certainly nothing that credits him as the father of the modern search engine.


    Yet 20 years ago, in a computer lab at the University of Stirling in Scotland, Mr Fletcher invented the world's first web-crawling search engine
    - the very technology that powers Google, Bing, Yahoo and all the major search tools on the web today.


    Mr Fletcher received some recognition for his achievements at a conference in Dublin a few weeks ago, where he was on a panel with representatives from Microsoft,
    Yahoo and Google. But in his speech, he talked about the future.


    "In my opinion, the web isn't going to last forever," he told the audience. "But the problem of finding information is."


    "The desire to search through content and find information is independent of the medium."

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  2. Vic Sage

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    It's Google's birthday today! Yay!

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    To Google: Sorry for using you like a whore to make money off you. Let's just forget our relationship for one day :D

    P.S. I love you Google. 'Cause whenever I need any information on ANYTHING, you are the reason I can find them.
     
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  4. truptis

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    Its been great news happy birthday to google. :)
     
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  5. Goal Line Technology

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    Google whore, LMAO :)
    with the green screen, it looks like someone has paid a visit to fiverr? lol
    Thanks Crusher
    This is indeed the reality of it all, love them or loathe them, modern day life would simply not be the same without them!
    Thanks prab :)
     
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    Happy Birthday to Google. I know a lot of guys here complain about them a lot, but I have to admit I love Google. I love the stuff they come up with. I love the challenge of getting ranked and seeing positive results when it works. I wish everyone there the best.
     
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