Abhishek Kumar Srivastava

Google Turned 17 Yesterday

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Google, an American multinational technology company headquartered in California, marked its 17th birthday on September 27, 2015. Larry Page and Sergey Brin incorporated the company on September 4 in 1998. Therefore, it is quite unclear and a mystery for most of the people why Google celebrates its anniversary on September 27 every year. Some have to say 2005’s dispute with rival Yahoo is the reason behind selection of this date for celebrating birthday officially; however, this is not the logic that everyone can easily digest, and most of the people don’t see this to be the real reason.

In all these years, Google has done a tremendous job and made itself an unrivaled internet technology company. Today, more than 66% internet users rely on Google for their searches, and more than 47,756 employees are managing its operations around the world. The search engine has been awarded as the best employer for three years: 2007, 2008, and 2012. In 2009 and 2010, this has occupied the fourth position in this list of best employers.

However, Google’s journey has not been as shiny as it appears in reading. The search engine has faced several legal cases, restrictions, and opposition from people and organizations in various countries. “Right To Be Forgotten” is perhaps the biggest restriction that Google is facing, as this compels Google search engine to remove negatives against individuals and organizations of European Union if they request for the same. Google has paid penalties in several legal battles as well.

Google has brought many products during these 17 years. Google search engine and YouTube are the most popular and unsurpassed products of this search engine. If Google search engine is the unrivalled in the market of search engines, YouTube is unrivalled in the market of video marketing sites.

I would like to end this blog with my wish to Google: “May you touch new heights this year”

Abhishek Kumar Srivastava

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