Sunday, October 23, 2005

Google and its effects.

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So, Google has been in the news as of late. People are beginning to realize the genius behind the two guys behind it all. Having been first exposed to Google in my 6th grade computer lab class, I have seen their roots and I have seen how one little search engine could grow and transform into a 100 billion dollar empire. If you think about it, their goal was just to 'rank' pages according to how many weblinks that particular website had. The more the weblinks, the more relevance it had in your quest for the best website that would fit your needs. Simple really, but why couldn't anyone construct a web search engine that did that earlier? Why did it have to come down to two Stanford University students to build it from scratch out of their garage. Seeing as neither of them knew simple foundation coding, it was a recipe for impending disaster. Hence, that's the whole reason behind why Google's main page is so scarce and aesthetically unappealing. Pretty interesting stuff, huh?

But coming down to it all, Google made their big bucks when they
expanded out of the search engine market. The technology industry is
wide and ranging. Like Google, one can construct a tech firm focusing
entirely on one aspect of the industry (such as search engines, web
hosting, photo hosting, etc.). In the 7 years that Google has been up
and running, they have been expanding out and trying their hands at
somewhat crazy ideas like Google Earth, Google blog, Froogle, Google
Scholar, etc. Sure, some of these have been in R for a while,
but a few of them stand-out of the crowd. Larry Page and Sergey
Brin's "Blitzkreig" tactic against the tech market was unheard of and
unabashed to the whole community. Their grasp on the industry is tight
and they have no signs of letting go. Hiring 10 employees every day
for the past year or so is impressive, and this 'spree' (as one tech journal calls it) has no signs of letting up either. From a garage in Palo Alto, CA, to a multi-million dollar Google complex in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Google certainly has come a long way in its 7 years of life. The Google campus rivals that of Lucasarts and Hewlett-Packard, both companies which have been in the business for a much longer time than Google has, Lucasarts for ~30 years and Hewlett-Packard for nearly 90. Sergey Brin and Larry Page are worth about 17 billion each and their stock keeps climbing with revenues that continue to baffle financial analysts.

People should look to Google for creative inspiration. People
should look to Google for a tight business model. People should look
to Google for the next revolution in technology. People should look to
Google to give them news and stock market updates. People should look
to Google for just about anything on the Web. I certainly will be
doing so, and I hope that more companies follow in their footsteps and
help bring up the US economy to its previous high point in the 90s.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, I salute you.


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