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Jessica Macdonald

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Unquestionably one of the world’s biggest brands, Google turns 16 years old this year.

That’s right, the world’s most used search engine is now old enough to legally play the lottery. But, considering its stratospheric rise since its inception in 1998, it probably doesn’t need the money.

The below infographic charts the rise of the company from humble beginnings as a search engine to the multinational internet phenomenon it is now.

It starts with some punchy, bite-sized facts – did you know the origin of the name was due to a misspelling? – before going on to present some meatier stats and figures.

Of particular interest to anyone whose knowledge of Google exceeds the superficial (ahem) is perhaps the algorithm timeline. It specifies some of the most significant technical developments by year, codenames and all. My favourite part was the evolution of the logo. Other than experimenting briefly with an exclamation mark in its first year, very little about it has changed in Google’s lifetime.


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2 comments on “The Rise of Google”

  1. SurveyCrest Reply    15th October 2014

    Thank you so much for sharing our Infographic!

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      Grant Bailey Reply    24th October 2014

      You’re welcome! Good work 🙂

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