Largest Online Search Engine
Internet has changed the way people function these days, even when it comes to research. Before, everything has to be done manually – visiting the library, reading voluminous books and encyclopedias, and searching for relevant materials in order to find substantial information. This is not how it’s done now. Fortunately for the younger generation, everything else can be “Google-d,” making Google the largest online search engine today.
This search engine was established on March 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Computer Science grad students from Stanford University. They created BackRub, a search engine that operates in Stanford’s servers for more than a year. On 1997, the two decided to change its name to Google, from the mathematical word “googol,” a term for a number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeroes. It is believed that the word best exemplifies its main objective: provide infinite information on the web.
On September 1998, it sets up its work space in a garage at Menlo Park and hired Craig Silverstein, Google’s first employee and a fellow grad student in Stanford. The company slowly evolved, moving out from their garage office and later on employing 8 people, then 40.
The Rise of Google
The year 2000 marked the start of the Google Empire. The company was able to release 10 language versions of the site aside from English. It also won its first Webby Awards for Technical Achievement and People’s Voice. On June 2000, the website forged a partnership with Yahoo! to make Google its default search provider. On that same month, it also announced its first billion URL index, making it the largest search engine. Google Toolbar was also released on the same year that enables search without visiting the home page.
The succeeding months and years paved even greater opportunities for the company. It added more language versions of their site; opened their international offices, the first one in Tokyo in 2001; launched various services such as image search, Google News, Google Grants, Google Local; Google Maps; Google Talk; Google Reader, Gmail; and an increase in index size. Several partnerships with different companies such as Universo Online, AOL and China Mobile also materialized. It also started offering Class A common shares to the public on August 2004 and has acquired several companies such as Postini, reCAPTCHA and Picnik. Aside from these, it also launched Chrome on September 2008, its new open source browser, Google+ and Nexus One.
This website has been very much influential in all aspects of the Internet today. It has also revolutionized the way World Wide Web works with millions of people depending on the site for information. Aside from being a research hub, it also continues to improve its existing services and incorporate new and additional features that will make people’s lives easier.
This popular site has come a long way since it first established its work area in a garage. Living up to its objective when it first started on 1996, Google has definitely provided infinite information and services on the web, making it the largest online search engine to date.