Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Wayback Wednesday: Google Part 1!

Sure, Google may get a lot of stick sometimes, but really, Google is pretty much everywhere now, inventing cars, phones, tablets, glasses and most importantly search engines! ON WITH THE ROAST.

In 1996, Stanford University buddies Larry Page and Sergey Brin started up Google, which aimed to make a smarter search engine that would rank websites in order the number of websites that had linked to that site. Sure, it sounds confusing, but if it wasn't for Google, we'd still be looking at dodgy sites when we do our homework or whatever, instead of looking at trustworthy sites like Wikipedia and others. However, the website wasn't started until 1997, and Google wasn't a company until 1998. Sure, they were working in a
garage then, but managed to get into PC Magazine's Top 100 Websites list, and their fame grew from there.

In 1999, Google moved into an office, and grew to 8 employees, before moving to their first Mountain View location a couple of months later, and hiring more employees. 2000 came around, and Google was growing insanely fast, now providing results in 15 languages, becoming the world's biggest search engine and winning a Webby Award. They invented the Google Toolbar, and started to foray away from search engines by making Google AdWords, that personalised adverts for different websites. Then came 2001, in which they launched Google Images and kept on increasing their language count, even making Swedish Chef an official language!

In 2002, Google News was launched, and Google really started to take the mick with their amount of languages, adding Klingon as another language. They also made their first ever product, the Google Search Box, which plugged into computers and allowed people to search their documents. In 2003, they bought Blogger creators Pyra Labs, and launched Google Grants, which automatically put ads on not-for-profit websites to help them. In 2004, they grew to 800 employees, and launched Google Local, which searched local listings and websites. They also made Google SMS, which means you could search for websites via texting, and also bought Keyhole, the future creators of Google Earth.

Next year, Google Maps was launched, and Google Earth was released and used by rescue forces to find survivors after Hurrican Katrina. They also launched Windows Live Messenger rival Google Talk, which is now known as Skype alternative Google Hangouts.

Since Google has such a large history, you'll have to wait until the week after next to hear Part 2 of the Google story! I apologise for the unfinished article, but I have a lot of homework today, so stay tuned!

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