Marking 20(ish) years of Google
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 09/09/2018 00:08
It’s September 1998. Aerosmith is wailing “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” at the top of the Billboard Top 100. “TRL” debuts on MTV, just in time for the release of “Baby One More Time.” Buffy Summers is staking vampires in platform sandals. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are trying to out-bash each other for the home run record. “The Avengers” has just bombed at box offices. And sometime this month, Google is born.
The exact date of our company’s founding is up for debate, even for those of us who are in the business of providing answers. Google Inc. was incorporated on September 4, but for more than a decade we’ve celebrated our birthday on September 27—with an annual Doodle, of course.
Twenty years later, the world has changed, online and off. Answers—and high-resolution photos, car rides, commerce, and messages from friends and family—are all on our phones, at our fingertips. “The Avengers,” and strappy platforms, are back.