Whether you love them, hate them or simply couldn’t care less, it is Google’s birthday and you do have to hand it to them; like Microsoft and Apple, they all started with humble beginnings and have all grown into juggernauts.
The other similarity is that they all had the right product at the right time. As a search engine, Google’s birth and future were problematic. They struck the right chord and today and lead everyone else. There are many parallels with the other two computer giants…Google and Mircosoft.
When desktops first appeared, they were all either Apple Macs or IBM compatible. Now we talk about Apple and Microsoft compatible. With Google, we don’t suggest you do a computer search; we tell people to ‘Google it’; never ‘Yahoo! it’.
They are ten years old; they have led the way in search and search technology. The next ten years will be more interesting. I have my doubts as to the future of search as we now know it. Social aspects will take a more active role in our lives.
Google won’t go away anytime soon – unless, like a lot of other major corporations, it implodes as it tries to take on too much.