Google 15 years – I say thank you!




According to Google, Wikipedia, and the search engine is now gone right to the grid 15 years ago. At that time no one would have thought, as the project develops. Larry and Sergey, 1996 computer science graduate students at Stanford, already start 1996 with a search engine that bears the name BackRub. BackRub operated for over a year on the Stanford servers.


In the end, the search engine uses too much bandwidth for the university. The two heads are Google 1997 BackRub that the search engine needs a new name. Once they have collected some ideas, they opt for Google – a play on “googol”, the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros. The pun reflects the aim of the two contradictory to organize the almost infinite amount of information on the web – so it is certainly delivered.


1998 writes Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun, then a check and gives the young company so that $ 100,000. The first office is located – you guessed it – in a garage. Who wants to read the whole, but exciting story of this can be done here . Now I come into play. I myself do not know when I have met exactly with Google. But I know who was the predecessor, which I took – metaspinner. “At that time” meta-search engines were all the rage.

first Google Universe spread in the years to a incredibly large network of services from across the certainly hardly anyone has an overview. The sometime quoted motto “Do not be evil” my opinion is utter nonsense. Google is a company and a company needs to make money. Google is definitely not the white knight that he will always like to see some. Google is tough as nails and saws from services that are not profitable – no matter what the users say. Google cemetery is large. Google Reader, Google Picnic, iGoogle, Google Health, Google Notebook, Google Wave and Co.

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Still, Google is one of the companies to which I am most grateful. There is no company, whose services I use so extreme. The search is already great and Gmail was one of the email services that have submitted correct times. Free IMAP and fat storage. IMAP is always just another thing that some mail providers can now pay more. This then Google maps, which I can see places that I unfortunately can not attend. And my first euros on the internet? I earned with Google Adsense. By no means much, but measurable. There is so much for which I’m grateful Google. Services – of course Android , as the system does a lot for the knowledge and networking of humanity.

Google is not infallible, is arguably Google – Google is for me in my life but hardly wegdenkbar. Replaceable maybe – but extremely uncomfortable. Everyone has their relationship with the company Google, using services differently – hates or loves some things. Still important that there is Google. I just do not – Attention speculation that I could do what I’m doing now if it were not for Google – and I’m just deeply grateful.

And so I close with a word that just gives me 310,000,000 search results in Google. One of the friendliest words in the world that is mostly understood across language barriers.

Thank you!
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