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10 Years of Google Part Five: Top 100 Google Moments Part IV
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Well we have gone through 75 of Google's top moments from the past ten years in celebration of their 10th Anniversary/Birthday this month. Yes way back in September 1998, Google started out with a handful of employees. some investment capital and a passion fort changing how the world receives information. The result has become this innovative juggernaut that is used by millions each and every day.

Google has changed all of our lives and whether you like it or not, Google will be around for a long time. Their innovation and desire to help organize the world's information continues to spawn new services, products and online experience like no other. With that let's complete our countdown of the top 100 Google Moments from the past ten years.

10 Years of Google Part Three: Top 100 Google Moments - Part I
10 Years of Google Part Three: Top 100 Google Moments - Part II
10 Years of Google Part Three: Top 100 Google Moments - Part III

Top 100 Google Moments 1998-2008 - Part IV

#25. Google buys YouTube for 1.65 billion in stock - November 2006.
#24. The Issue of "GoogleBombing" - 2005
#23. Google Launches Universal Search - May 2007. The launch of Google Universal Search was the first time a major search engine would be serving up blended search results on the main SERP (search results page). http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/pressrel/universalsearch_20070516.html
#22. Google Launches Own Browser Chrome - September 2, 2008. A more recent development that may have huge implications for the browser market in the future. Google Chrome had a lot of initial hype, but will it continue to be top of mind of mainstream Internet users?
#21. Google Guys Do Playboy Interview - later include it in SEC filing documentation. September 2004. http://www.google-watch.org/playboy.html
#20. A patent describing a portion of Google's Algorithm was granted. This patent of "Page Rank" process is registered with Lawrence Page being the inventor. - September 2001
#19. Google Secures $25 Million in Equity Funding - June 1999 http://www.google.com/press/pressrel/pressrelease1.html
#18. Google forms non-profit division, Google.org with a starting find of $1 billion
#17. Google's Big Daddy Update - Early 2006
#16. Google Launches AdSense - later launches AdSense blog in 2005.
#15. Google Gets added to the S&P 500 Index (replacing Burlington Resources on the list) - March 31, 2006
#14. Google Purchases DoubleClick - April 2007. The deal is estimated to be worth $3.1 billion.
#13. Federal Trade Commission Clears Google's Acquisition of DoubleClick - December 2007
#12. Lawrence Page and Sergey Brin meet in the summer of 1995
#11. Google Launches their First Targeted Keyword Ad Program - August 2000. http://www.google.com/press/pressrel/pressrelease31.html

#10. Google's "Don't Be Evil" motto is born - July 19, 2001. Reflecting the core values of the company, their infamous "Don't Be Evil" motto was originally suggested by Google employees Paul Buchheit and Amit Patel.

#9. Google makes an S-1 Form SEC filing for an IPO - April 29, 2004. According to wikipedia, "on April 29, 2004, Google made an S-1 form SEC filing for an IPO to raise as much as $2,718,281,828. This alludes to Google's corporate culture with a touch of mathematical humor as e ≈ 2.718281828. April 29 was also the 120th day of 2004, and according to section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, "a company must file financial and other information with the SEC 120 days after the close of the year in which the company reaches $10 million in assets and/or 500 shareholders, including people with stock options."

#8. Eric Schmidt becomes Google's First CEO - August 2001 - http://www.google.com/press/pressrel/ceo.html

#7. Google Launches Google Toolbar - late 2000. Google launches the innovative browser plug-in that made it possible to use Google search without visiting the Google homepage, either using the toolbar's search box or right-clicking on text within a web page, as well as enabling the highlighting of keywords in search results.

#6. Google valued at more than $52 billion making it one of the world's largest media companies based on stock value - June 2005.

#5. Google's Florida Update (algorithm update) - November 2003. Webmasters, search marketers and site owners were devastated when Google made a major algorithm shift with their Florida Update.

#4. Google Purchases Applied Semantics - Later Capitalizes on Online Ad Platform that Changes the way companies advertise online. Deal is worth an estimated $102 million and later spawns Google AdWords and Google AdSense. - April 2003

#3. Google's IPO - August 19, 2004 - The Google IPO took place on 19 August 2004. 19,605,052 shares were offered at a price of US$85 per share. According to Wikipedia data, the sale of US$1.67 billion gave Google a market capitalization of more than US$23 billion.

#2. Google Launches AdWords, Google's flagship advertising product, and main source of Google's revenue.

#1. The word "Google" becomes a verb used in the English language - 2005 - In July 2006, the verb" to Google" was officially addded to the Oxford English and the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionaries meaning to "use the Google search engine to obtain information on the Internet. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Google

There you have it, ten years of Google. What a ride it has been. Where do you think Google will be in 2018? Will there be a Google in 2018?

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posted by Jody @ Thursday, September 18, 2008  
  • At 1:47 PM, Blogger Rob said…

    IMHO I think Chrome should be higher. When the kinks get worked out and we really begin to see what Chrome truly is (that is - more than a web browser) I think you will agree.

    As with all of Google's "projects" it isn't until you look back that you realize what it is they've done. I think Chrome is another of those projects. A year or 2 from now we'll look back and a lot of people will say "and here I thought it was just another web browser."

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