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Google Celebrates 20th Anniversary

By piranha

5th October 2018

Google has recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we thought we’d take a broader look at the search engine which so many webmasters depend on for their livelihoods.

It’s hard for us young digital marketing whippersnappers to imagine a world without the search giant. Few inventions have shaped the world more than that of the Internet, and even fewer companies have monopolised a public resource to such a degree as Google.

The largest search engine on the planet, and with a parent company that counts itself as one of Earth’s most successful, Google now processes over 40,000 worldwide search queries per second.

But who founded Google, and did they ever dream it would become the enormous entity we have today? Keep reading to find out!

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Imagine a time when Titanic was drawing crowds to cinemas, when Boyzone’s “No Matter What” was the UK’s hottest summer single and when Arsène Wenger had just led Arsenal to be crowned Premier League champions for the first time.

Yes, that’s right – you’re back in 1998!

For many people, ‘98 still seems like it was yesterday. Yet in that time, Google flourished from humble origins in a disused garage (ahem, its first “global headquarters”) to an international conglomerate with a revenue of over $110bn.

To mark its anniversary, Google posted a fun feature on its official blog. In a Google Maps-like setup, you can click your way around its modest garage headquarters almost exactly as it looked 20 years ago.

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Google has never shied away from a good PR opportunity; In another blog post, it said its original intent as a search engine was to “…organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Although it’s easy to be cynical as a webmaster, you must admire Google’s jostling of its position to the forefront of global tech.

When Larry Page and Sergey Brin started out in 1998, they can’t have imagined their new enterprise would reach the dizzying heights it has since achieved. Imagine how much the digital world could change in another 20 years!

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