The History of Google

By | February 17, 2020


This company’s mission is to organize the world’s information, and make it universally accessible and useful. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we are taking a look at the history of Google. PhD students Larry Page and Sergey Brin began Google as a research project in January 1996 while attending California’s Stanford University. By developing a technology called PageRank, they were able to create a search engine that could estimate a website’s importance based on its incoming links. Initially nicknamed Backrub, the Google.com domain name was registered on September 15th, 1997 and the company incorporated on September 4th the next year. Its initial public offering came on August 19th, 2004, though the founders and then-CEO Eric Schmidt remained in control. As a result of the IPO, many of the company’s employees became paper millionaires, and this led some to wonder if Google would live by its ‘Don’t be evil’ motto. Like many Silicon Valley startups, Google was first based out of a garage; today, its corporate headquarters is in Mountain View, California. Known as the Googleplex, the offices perpetuate an informal and casual atmosphere. Employees are encouraged to spend 20 per cent of their time on personal interests, and this has led to the creation of services such as Google News and AdSense. Google’s most popular service is its online search engine, Google Search. Users employ this tool to look for information by typing keywords into the search bar. The incoming results come from the billions of web-pages the company indexes, and the order of the results is partly based on PageRank. Google has expanded its search results and paid listings onto other websites through AdSense. AdSense and AdWords form the engine of Google’s multi-billion dollar revenue machine. Google also offers marketers a free service called Google Analytics, which produces website visitor statistics. Thanks to its innovations, the company is now one of the biggest brokers in the online advertising market.
Google Search has branched out to offer other types of services in many different languages as well. These include Google Image Search, Google Video Search, Google Maps and Google Translate. Google has also released several Internet productivity tools. The most well-known of these is Gmail. Gmail was the first free webmail service to maintain emails from the same exchange collectively in a common thread. Gmail was also the first email service to offer users one gigabyte of free storage. Today Gmail offers practically limitless storage for a small fee. Another web productivity tool is Google Docs. This service is comprised of software that allows users to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations, and store them in the cloud. These can be composed and edited via a web browser and can also be accessed by more than one user. This software is considered by some as an attack on one of Microsoft’s core businesses. Google has also worked on other projects. Notable ones include the open source web browser Google Chrome, the mobile operating system Android and the social networking service Google+. To bolster their mobile efforts, Google also acquired Motorola Mobility in 2011.
In addition, Google has acquired other businesses as launching pads for new services. For example, Keyhole Inc. was developed into Google Earth for its 3-D view of our planet, and GrandCentral was developed into Google Voice. Two of the company’s biggest successes through acquisitions have been AdWords through the applied Semantics deal and the popular video-sharing website YouTube. Google also has a charitable arm called Google.org. This not-for-profit organization’s main initiatives revolve around developing renewable energy, improving access to health services and reducing worldwide poverty. Throughout the years of its existence, Google has not been without its detractors. One recurring issue has been privacy. These concerns range from the Gmail program’s automatic email-scanning to create targeted advertising, to the data and image collection of Google Street View. The Google search engine has been criticized for its censorship of search results, and even the company headquarters has been accused of unnecessary energy use.
While the company is now facing threats from Apple and Facebook, Google is sure to remain a dominant force in the global internet industry. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

100 thoughts on “The History of Google

  1. Swedish Meatballs Post author

    How come all of your comments are in caps lock? is it the fact you do not know how to take it off?

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  2. The Insane Mentalist Post author

    OH SHEYAT IT'S INCREASED TO 7!!!!!!!111!!!
    Kill them with fire.

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  3. christopher caldwell Post author

    I had no idea that google had so much extras

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  4. Racuna_68 Post author

    I love google,someday I will work for google,and prob become like the 3rd in command in google INC

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  5. Daniel Xu Post author

    this 4 minutes and 30 seconds saved me from reading 20 pages of google case study. thumb up

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  6. Aaron Peavler/Geomodelrailroader Railroad Photography Post author

    Happy Birthday to the best search engine on the web and the owner of YouTube HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOOGLE! (The GOOG)

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  7. LKisWriting Post author

    Google is starting to get mean, I DON'T CARE ABOUT GOOGLE PLUS BUT THEY'RE MAKING ME USE IT!!!

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  8. Half-Life Scientist Post author

    "Don't be evil" Yep Google has totally let down that guard with Google+.

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  9. Old Account Post author

    I came here through google. I watched this on a google owned site. And i used a google made phone to watch it. 

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  10. KevSomeone Post author

    Google is bullshit now!!
    "Don't be evil".

    Google is already evil for destroying youtube!!!

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  11. Mandraquex3000 Post author

    great history of synopsis of google.  Even better since I didnt have to sit through a 30 min – 1 hr documentary about google.  All summed up rather well.

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  12. Your Big Black Penetrative Daddy Post author

    I hate Google so fucking much. They made commenting on YouTube only possible unless you have a shitty Google+ account. YouTube was so much better back before Google fucked with the sight forcing us to use the atrocious piece of shit that is Google+ and breaking half of Youtube's features. I miss old YouTube so much.

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  13. Astaroth Sediles Post author

    Wouldn't be easier to make a 2 sec video saying "Google owns the world"?

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  14. ExpitheCat Post author

    It's funny how WatchMojo's history videos are more interesting than their Top 10 lists.

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  15. Tinchy HD Post author

    Google does not own the earth for y make a stupid statement for you've already been informed who owns the people which is JESUS so if for he owns the life on earth he's father owns the earth which is dieing rapidly and has left no choice but for god to destroy it and JESUS will save he's ppl who are only interested in how others are and not there self

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  16. Кирилл Кузнецов Post author

    Google created the Russian people)

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  17. my profile has nothing to do with this argument Post author

    0:49 at that time I was one month 12 days old

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  18. Shikhar Arora Post author

    Chrome is not open source, it's freeware. Whereas Android is open source.

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  19. nicholas moon Post author

    yeah but i have a lot of work to do and i saw and now i have anymore so goodbye.

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  20. Alex Landherr Post author

    How come there never are any listings of sources for any of these videos from this particular channel? How can I be certain that they have done proper research on the subject? How can I without the sources they have used verify the validity of the information myself?

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  21. gokusondbz Post author

    fun fact Google is the majority shareholder of billboard.

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  22. Oomph Post author

    Maybe in the 2000s it's so popular, now it's like nothing a boring website to me.

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  23. Airbus A380 Post author

    You only need 1 million more subs to get as many as Dantdm

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  24. Startups economy Unicorn Post author

    Is the beginning of the end of Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter. The next unicorn will be creat by KijotIsma (Artist-entrepreneur spanish), the most complet and innovative of all history!

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  25. Estelle Post author

    Hi, could I know who the author of this video is please?
    Thanks

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  26. Akash K Post author

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  27. Flexo221281 Post author

    Almost no information about the history of google. More about their current portfolio. :/

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  28. COOKIES Post author

    PLEASE TELL ME WHY THE HELL THIS VIDEO HAS LESS THAN 300K?!?!

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  29. e./lucaS0577 evil39 Post author

    really a monster if internet search engine is concern..👏👏👏👏LOVE GOOGLE…A LOT

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  30. Surprising 1 Subscribers With Me Post author

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  31. barbiedoll baraguy Post author

    this is history.. thanks to those people involved in this kind of work. it feels nostalgic when you saw the old version of Google chrome browser.. 👍

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  32. Cutie pie_playz Post author

    THIS STORY IS SAD SO DONT BE EVIL SHOW WAT YOU CARE ABOUT
    YOUR SELF YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR
    ………….HEART………….

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  33. Gerald Tamayo Post author

    I planned hence created Google when i was a NASA kid scientist during 1970s Martial Law Cold War, and its technologies. Some were questioning because there was already the planned Yahoo.

    Most of these companies that boomed in the 1980s and 90s got by under my scrutiny and authority up to the 80s. I knew i co-own these companies.

    I was the one deciding and moderating for the computer and internet and tech companies by inventing, and improving their technologies and maneuvering for the companies' rise and fall according to the superiority of their technologies.

    So Google happened, even though i was also predicting Yahoo trillion$ along with Apple trillion$. Maybe the reason why Microsoft hired only Yahoo scientists for Microsoft Research. Google happened. I now ask US $110 billion from Google.

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  34. Gerald Tamayo Post author

    These tech companies were already planned by me/us during the late 1970s Cold War to the early 80s. I'm supposed to have ownerships already of Microsoft, Apple, IBM, and Intel, etc. Then Yahoo, Google, and Facebook. I am supposed to be hopping from company to company, owning bonds and shares, and be one of the top world billionaires. But I wasn't officially included at the time of startup of Yahoo and Google in the 1990s, and Facebook in 2000s, as founder/co-owner. You know it was the power struggle and the lure of predicted wealth.

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  35. 0 subs with 0 content Post author

    i watched dis 7 years after its release

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  36. Stephen Peter Delahunt call me frosty Post author

    I'm under psychic attack they are at me for spritaul intense my name is Stephen Peter delahunt I live at 1793 church view nurney Kildare Ireland my Facebook page is hacked they are Vidaliseing other people's energy on me they were getting me to speak spirituality for the queen of the UK and presidents of the USA and there wifes my phone is hacked they are youing ufo aquitment to try and turn me into a Pedofile because I won't switch my intense with them the groverment is not helping me my phone is hacked my email address is hacked they were getting me to there want me to switch my intense with them why are you not helping me

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  37. Raimondas Marciulevičius Post author

    WatchMojo.com & Google, good job! 🙂 🙂

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  38. ELZIE HARRIS IV Post author

    U bitch ass goggle inventer. Let me calm down.7 dollars or more was stolen from my bank of America account watching though watch ur self it. Fuck peace u piece of shit

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  39. UnfinishedGaming :/ Post author

    I'm someone from 2018 Google has been out for 20 years for me

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  40. Kat Rivers Post author

    These guys sound cool at the heart but can they really control how google is used? I ask that in the understanding that all processes hold the ability of both good & evil. Maybe we need to clearly define both so we can identify & stop evil where it starts.

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  41. Paul Post author

    Since this video came out googles revenue has nearly doubled every following year!!

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  42. Joe Smith Post author

    Beware of google for your business they let anyone put fake reviews and will not do anything to remove them which will hurt your business

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  43. Chas P***** Post author

    Want the real dope? Google DARPA! This video is completely B's!

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  44. Nexus Post author

    Back when google was just invading privacy. Now they try to tell you what to think.

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  45. Richard S Moreland Post author

    Google is top dog ,yielding time saving ideas and ease of gathering information

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  46. Anthony Cunningham Post author

    I am definitely getting a job at google

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  47. Oo7 Hola Post author

    What a awesome
    Company to work for 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

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  48. Tito Romero Post author

    This is where I born 2011 i hate my life 😀 (if you dont understand the joke. Put your 2 fingers on the head and focus and your Brain Will know and you will say the correct joke that im saying right now)

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  49. That Guy In A Godzilla Suit Post author

    Google has the power to find whoever wields & uses the Death Note. That’s says a lot.

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  50. Michael Lee Goetz, sr. Post author

    The real history of online video is you-on-tv.com – Nearly a decade before youtube. 
    you-on-tv.com/speech.mp4

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  51. Ariez Post author

    I enjoy google maps. However it would be nice if google advanced with lane details like which lane has the road blocks and/or accidents. Also check each intersection often so that google knows which ones have traffic signals and which one doesn’t. No fun getting directions to turn left on a very busy intersection with no traffic lights. Also would be nice to add one way parking lot entrances. Just a thought. 🤪

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