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Google: Happy 20th Birthday!!


How many times in a day do you search something or the other over Google? “OK Google, Restaurants near me”, “OK Google, Traffic from Home to Office”, “Ok Google, Who’s birthday it is today?” “OK Google, movie shows”, these are some of the common questions which I ask from Google. And I am pretty sure you also have a list of your own questions!


In the past 20 years, a simple browser became a verb to ‘search the internet’ and is now an essential for almost everyone. On September 15, 1997 when Google was live it had the most unique style and was on a test run. But after September 1997, Google never looked back. Google has always experimented with its look, right from the year 1997. But the colourful theme of writing Google is still the same even after 20 years.

Google (which is being reorganizing under a new parent company called ‘Alphabet’) is one of the most popular and best- known companies in the Silicon Valley. The company started shaping in 1995 by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and came into existence in 1997. In 2001, Eric Schmidt was named the CEO of Google, with Page and Brin as presidents of products and technology. That was just the beginning.


Google’s first public stock offering happened in 2004 which a few months after introducing Gmail. In 2006, Google acquired YouTube for $1.6 billion from Chad Hurley and Steve Chen (co-founders of YouTube). It was in 2015 when Page announced the creation of new holding company, Alphabet, to include Google’s core business and other entities related to it.

The first name of Google was Backrub that would crawl the web and rank its pages. But like any other company, Google has been criticized for a vast data-collection practices. The company is the world’s largest digital advertiser and it feeds the information for its powerful ad targeting practices. Employees are raising ethical concerns about the company’s work in developing artificial intelligence for the US military and its reported efforts to create a censored search engine in China. And in just the past week or so, the search giant has become a favorite target for President Donald Trump. The company famous for its onetime “Don’t be evil” mantra is under more scrutiny than ever.

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