Google is the most go-to search engine available on the Web. We use Google to perform research on a particular subject, look for jobs, images, travel, and even email. Google first came about in the mid-90s only as a search engine. In the last fifteen years, Google has grown from solely being a search engine to a multinational corporation known as Google Inc.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin first developed the Google search engine in 1996. Page and Sergey both attended Stanford University in California as PhD students. Google was part of a research project they worked on together to dry and develop and improve the method of search engines. At the time, the only way one could access Google was through the Stanford domain. The name “Google” originated from the term “googol” which refers to the large number (10 to the 100th power) or the digit 1 followed by 100 zeros.
Not too long after Page and Brin finished their research did Google become a registered search engine in September 1997. Google Inc. was founded a year later in September 1998. For the next decade, Google Inc. bought out and partnered with smaller companies and purchased stock. One of the most vital moves in Internet history is when Google bought YouTube back in 2006 for $1.6 billion. Google Inc. also partnered with other companies such as NASA to assist in their research, and AOL, Microsoft, and Nokia.
In November 2009, Google officially became the most popular search engine in the United States. Today, it is the most used search engine on the Web. Google has even impacted society and the English language by suggesting or recommending someone to “Google it”, referring to something unknown.
One of the reasons why Google is so successful is that it is more advanced that other search engines. Google provides more advanced results and searches than some others. For example, when you type in a keyword or sentence in the search bar, it will pull up more advanced information such as stock and weather reports, detailed statistics, maps, airports, home and career listings, and even sports scores.
Google also provides other services such as Google “Docs” which is similar to a free online storage server. You can share, send, and view or edit documents posted to Google docs. It also provides a translator and money converter.
Google also offers for-profit services such as Google AdWords. AdWords is an advertising service that help small businesses with their tag lines. Google will provide small strings of text (usually a line or two) used for advertisements or banners. This is also known as Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising. This is Google’s main source of revenue generating over $23 billion in 2009 alone.
Google has certainly dominated the World Wide Web with its advanced search engine functions and other beneficial services. Google and Google Inc. will most likely continue to grow and prosper in the future. They are continuously one step ahead on the Web, which puts them in first place in competition. So where will the Internet and search engines be in the future? “Google it”.
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