Despite the cliche, Google actually was started in a garage just a handful of miles from my home. Today, Larry Page and Sergey Brin are billionaires who single-handedly (double-handedly?) made the internet accessible to millions (if not billions) of technophobes the world over.
As I ponder a decade of Google I both think it can’t be that young (hasn’t there always been Google?) and that it’s not just old, it’s archaic (by internet standards at least). I remember when I first heard about Google, confident in the knowledge that no search engine would ever unseat the mighty Yahoo! Oops, I guess that was my mistake for the decade 😉
While Google and I definitely have a love-hate relationship (they yanked my PR, but I still do 30+ searches a day and use gmail, etc, etc) I know that my beloved internet wouldn’t be half as cool or useful as it is without Google constantly pushing the envelope (and pushing their competitors to innovate).
The greatest gift I think Google has given all of us during its decade of life has been absolute evidence that a company can be (hugely) profitable while giving away its primary product(s). they didn’t invent the marketing strategy, but the sure perfected it on the internet superhighway (how often do y’all hear that phrase anymore?).
It turns out I’m not the only person here that’s excited about Google’s birthday either. Here’s Z’s gift to the God that is Google-