You probably thought today was just another day in late-September, didn’t you? ‘Fraid not. Today is Google’s 13th birthday! Better hit the Hallmark store on your lunch break and buy them a card – you owe them at least that.
It’s hard to believe the search engine that revolutionized the web is just now entering its troublesome teenage years. Harder still to think that, once upon a time, Google wasn’t much more than the little search engine that could. In fact, at this point, it’s almost amusing to think that they were once a fledgling new service.
That being said, let’s take a quick look back:
Think for a moment about what the web looked like in the mid-90s – before Google was on the scene. Yeah, it’s tough. Know why? Because who the hell wants to remember what the web looked like in the mid-90s?! It was chaos. It was disarray. The web was daunting, ugly, and barely navigable back then. In a lot of ways, it still is, though thankfully not to the same extent, and some would argue that Google is part of the reason why. As a matter of fact, some maintain that Google is responsible for “[giving] the internet its needed structure and stability.”
Say what you will. You can’t refute Google’s dependability. They provide what most of us web users would call an essential service, and there are plenty of technical reasons why. That they’ve been doing it for 13 years now is almost a moot point. We expect results from Google, and they deliver. To be honest, they’ve delivered from day one.
Speaking of “day one”…
I’d say they’ve made some progress since then.
At the end of the day, we just don’t think of Google the same way we think of online retailers, informational websites, or even social networks. Somehow, they’re beyond that. I’ll be the first to admit that I have Google set as the homepage on my home PC’s browser, and I’m fairly certain that there are millions of others who have done the same. If that isn’t brand loyalty, I’m not sure what is!
Providing 13 years of universally appreciated service is no small feat – especially when that service is web-based. So, again (in all-caps this time)…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GOOGLE!
Keep up the good work.
Are you surprised that the search giant has enjoyed 13 years of success? Do you have Google set as your browser’s homepage? Respond below!