How Google Changed the Internet
Trying to find something on the internet used to be a challenge many years ago, today Google dominates the search engine world. Google has changed not only the way the United States uses the internet, but also how the world does. The search engine market on the internet is competitive; Google leads the way with the most accurate search results, and other online tools for users to use (Alexa). Google allow users not only to search but to organize their life, find directions, and share content with other users.
Google didn’t begin as Google. Founders Larry Page and Sergey met at Stanford University (Stross). Sergey was assigned to show Larry around the school, according to some reports the two disagreed on almost everything. The two reconvened in 1996, and began their first search engine, “BackRub.” The search engine become very popular and within a year outgrew the servers at Stanford (Stross). The two decided BackRub needed a new name, and a new location that could handle the demand. Brainstorming came up with the name Google, a play on the word googol a term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. The word was chosen because it reflects the mission to organize an infinite amount of information on the web (Corporate Information-Google Milestones).
In 1998, Andy Bechtolsheim wrote a check for $100,000 to the new company. The new workspace location is set up in the garage of Susan Wojciki’s Melon Park, California home. Later Google filed for incorporation in California and were granted it. They then set up a bank account with the new name and deposited the check. Eventually Google moved to its current location at 1600 Ampatheater parkway. At this point Google has more than 800 employees (Corporate Information-Google Milestones).
Google is the most popular search provider in the United States. In 2007 google.com became the most visited website surpassing Microsoft.com (Alexa). Google.com is the most visited site in the U.S. (Alexa). The term “Google it” has become very popular in the language of an average American (Stross)
Google isn’t just the most used search provider in the U.S. but also in the world (Stross) Google.com is available in 28 languages, allowing users from all over the world to search in a language that is comfortable to them(Google Support). Not every country provides all that Google Search has to offer. For example China strictly blocks the regular google.com because they can not control the results of a search done on that website. The only way Chinese people are able to search Google is by visiting Chinese Google google.cn. The Chinese government has the ability to filter search results (Wauters). Other countries have also blocked Google; a popular one that has recently been in the news is Iran (Finkle). Countries block Google so that their citizens won’t have free access to information that is not filtered by the government.
Google is most widely popular for their search feature. Their products list is very vast, offering services for the consumer and business. On the consumer side of products Google offers a very long list. The most popular being iGoogle, YouTube, Google Calendar, Google Sync, G-mail, and the list goes on. On the business side of thing Google offers companies AdWords, Google search appliance, and Google custom search.
iGoogle allows users to create customized homepages. Users can add gadgets that come in all shapes and sizes. For example a user could add their Gmail, CNN News, and Weather to their page and get all that information at once without having to leave to go to all the individual websites (Google Support). YouTube wasn’t created by Google, it was acquired. On October 9th 2006 Google announced its plans to acquire You Tube for $1.65 billion (Google Press Center). YouTube is a video sharing website that allows users to upload videos, leave comments, and create video responses....
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