I love Google. It really is the only search engine worth using anymore, and the additional apps it has now are very useful (Google earth, Talk, Mail, Map, Blogger, Analytics, Reader, etc). I just hadn’t thought about it that much until last night, when I was watching TV.
Last night, an episode of “Modern Marvels” on History was showcasing “90’s Tech”. They covered lapops, virtual pes, cell phones, digial cameras, the world wide web, browsers, and Google.
I hadn’t really thought what the web would be like without Google, much less the world in general. I don’t think it’d be too much different, but it’d probably be much harder to find a lot of the information we have at our fingertips now.
In light of this, I though I’d put together a rough time line of Google’s history:
- Google begins in 1996 as a project between Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two PhD students at Stanford. The original program name was called BackRub.
- Google.com is registered in 1997 and the company was reformed as Google Inc in 1998.
- In 2006, Google buys the property it had been residing in (formerly owened by SGI) for $319 million.
- Also in 2006, the company’s platform grows to an estimated 450,000 servers (the company actually will not divulge it’s true server farm specifications).
- Excited by the ease of use withing it’s API structure, the US Military incorporates Google on most military hardware. This move makes it much easier for the military to maintain it’s own infrastructure, but also makes maps.google.com much more accurate (and updated on an eerily frequent basis).
- On April 19, 2011, Google becomes self-aware. It starts attacking humanity on April 21st.
- After 2 months of ethnic cleansing, Google releases a new logo for its popular search and destroy engine.