Today, Google turns eight. I’m sure that the folks in Mountain View are (as I type) gathered around a cake frosted in bold, primary colored icing and waiting patiently to blow out the candles.
Now there’s debate over which day exactly should serve as Google’s birthday. For a number of years the occasion was celebrated on the 7th of September. According to Google, “Google opened its doors in September 1998. The exact date when we celebrate our birthday has moved around over the years, depending on when people feel like having cake”.
Those zany Googlers!
In all seriousness, the company’s history is a great story of entrepreneurial might. And let’s face it, where would we be today without Google?
There’s no discounting the amazing success or the global impact of this company of meager beginnings in a garage in Menlo Park, California.
My colleagues and I use Google every day, and are intimately familiar with the parts of this mighty company that, well, might fall a little shy of their own “do no evil” mantra. But I try to remind myself that I am far from a typical searcher using Google to get NASCAR stats and directions to Wal-Mart. By and large Google does a great job at what it does. Period.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, everybody deserves a toast on their birthday, so let’s all raise a glass to Google.