Recently I stumbled (via stumbleupon.com.) upon a very intriguing website called wdyl.com. WDYL or “what do you love,” is a website created by Google with a very simple question to be answered, “What do you love?” Fill in the field and tap on the heart button located on the screen and you are immediately given 20 different applications (all from Google) that are in complete relation to your answer to WDYL.
WDYL presents Google tools like YouTube, Google voice, Google earth, Google books, Gmail and more. Just looking at the different applications available from Google is incredible. This technology wasn’t available to us ten years ago, and now there is a giant out there who has all of the goodies. The crazy thing: they are all free. Welcome to the new age of technology, where you have access to virtually limitless sources of information and it is all free.
Google is at the forefront of the future. They have acquired many different companies and have an increasingly heavy influence on our technological advancement in the 21st century. Google is a prime example of creativity and innovation in the modern world, but where did Google come from?
It all started in 1995 on the campus of Stanford University (go cardinals). A gent by the name of Sergey Brin (a computer science student) gives a tour to a young University of Michigan graduate, named Larry Page. Larry decides to attend and eventually Sergey and Larry become computer science grads. They then develop a search engine (which operates on the Stanford servers) called backrub.
Soon our fearless heroes rename backrub and turn it into Google. Just a year later, in 1998, the wheels began to turn at an astronomical rate. Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim gives $100,000 to Google Inc. Google incorporates and suddenly things start moving faster. Google’s fame and fortune as a search engine continues to grow into the 2000’s. Google begins expanding and setting its name as the largest and most innovative search engine in the world. Google begins to acquire many companies including Pyra Labs (the creators of blogger).
Google continued to advance its technological capabilities and grew even larger. Google opened offices all over the world, including Dublin, Ireland and Tokyo Japan. In 2005 Google launched Google Maps and Google Analytics, two tools that changed the way we use the internet. One allowed for more accurate user modified directions and the other allowed businesses to measure the success of marketing campaigns on the web. Throughout the rest of the Decade Google asserted itself at the top, making the Standard and Poor’s 500 list.
Today Google is one of the largest companies in the world. It boasted a revenue of 29.321 Billion in 2010 and has a phenomenal track record of success and increasing potential for growth. Google has 24,400 employees spread across the globe. Google not only has many free applications on the web, but it has a philanthropic branch dedicated to global change, is the developer of the Android (competitor of Apple’s IPhone) and has its very own web browser (Google Chrome). In a joking manner (or maybe not so jokingly) Google may eventual control most of our planet…thank god for their motto “don’t be evil,” otherwise we might be in trouble…big trouble.