Google was the brain child of two Stanford students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Larry, 22 at the time and Sergey, 21, began to bring their idea to life with a search engine named BackRub, that operated on the Stanford servers for more than a year. On September 15th, 1997, Google was registered as a domain name, and internet search engines would never be the same again.
Much more than just a search engine now, Google has changed the internet, social media and the world for the better. As early as December of 1998, “PC Magazine” reported that Google is the search engine of choice in the Top 100 Web Sites of 1998. In October of 2000, Google AdWords is launched, introducing keyword targeting in online advertising and in July 2001, Google Images is launched allowing people to find specific images online.
Since then, Google has launched Google News, Gmail, Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Analytics and Google+, their own social networking website which works in tandem with Youtube, an acquisition of Google’s in 2006. Google is a global powerhouse, to such a degree that the Google homepage receives 7.2 billion views per day. Over 6 billion hours of video are watched on Youtube each month! These numbers are unprecedented and they continue to grow!
There is no doubt that Google will continue to flourish throughout the world. It has become a household name that people trust and rely on every day for work, school and personal use and has truly been a key player in the evolution of Social Media.
Stay tuned for part 3 of “How Social Media Changed The World”.