Google, at age 10, is the official heart of the Internet

Born 10 years ago, the Google Internet search engine has grown into the electronic center of human knowledge by indexing billions of web pages as well as images, books and videos. On September 15, 1997 Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two 24 year-old Stanford University students, registered the domain name of "google.com." The word is a variation of 'googol,' which refers to the number 10 to the power of 100, a term popularized by US mathematician Edward Kasner.

Page and Brin incorporated Google one year later, on September 7, 1998, in a household garage in northern California. News of Google spread largely thanks to the efficient way the search engine classified results through algorithms, and it quickly became one of the most used methods to find information on the Internet. From the beginning Page and Brin considered their role as global Internet researchers was crucial.

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I use Google like I use Wikipedia. Good place to find basic information fast but if I need something really specific or obscure it doesn't stack up. I always turn to Yahoo as the place where actually find most of the sites/images I'm looking for.

I remember when my school got their first internet connection - a 14.4 external modem. It was 1996 and we all wanted to log on to www.nintendo.com to see the N64 details. We were told we could only "surf/torture ourselves" with the internet from 3:30 to 4:00. Well, needless to say it took the whole 30 minutes to load the main page. We looked at it and went home.

I was hooked after that painful experience on the 14.4 - I began to surf my way to Geocities and built my first website, basically just a bunch of images and links and background colors, oh my! Anyway, we were on the old Mac PowerPC at the time which we thought was state of the art technology.

Damn people have it easy nowadays. Our ISP just introduced a 10 Mbps connection to go with their 5 Mbps, 1 Mbps, and 256 Kbps options. 10 Mbps is only $50 a month. God, I remember when dial up cost us $30 a month to use. Anyone born in to this century has no idea what it used to be like.

But back to the topic at hand - I don't consider Google the heart of the internet. Yahoo and MSN are still viewed more often in a day than Google is. I have a strange feeling in the next year or so, YouTube is going to become the undisputed "Heart of the Internet" in any event. It won't be a search engine.

I remember when the Yahoo search engine had the "powered by Google" label. After wtfing, I found Google and left Yahoo.

True story.

I remember the first time I used Google. I had always used Yahoo Search or Webcrawler before Google. The first time I used Google I remember thinking that all search engines I had used before were now obsolete. I was really blown away at how many good results I got. Good job Google!

In 1990 or so I was at IBM and the IBMnet was worldwide, but limited to IBM locations. DARPA Net was available to some (military and other govt.) but I also had CompuServe and Prodigy (remember that one?) accounts.

Strangely enough, I was also banking online back then - though it was modem-to-modem.
Usenet through BBSes was the technology du jour and NOBODY could conceive back then of what we have today.

I swear I don't think I really started using Google much until just the past few years.
I can't conceive of not having it to rely on now.

I thought that google stood for "Go Ogle"?

BTW: I don't use google or yahoo at all. I block out google and yahoo related addresses.

Being an internet vetran, I have been online since November '94, back when CompuServe existed and there was no such thing as Google and CS gave you an email address like " 8634560@compuserve.com "

Yahoo was just on it's way to becoming the "Heart" of the internet [World Wide Web] and then along came Google and stole it all away.

What strikes me as funny in this article is that it appears on Yahoo News.

I liked Yahoo until I could no longer resist the force of Google.

I am currently using Google to build a time machine, that I can go back to 1993 and create my own internet thing that will reward me with billions of dollar$.

Happy Birthday Google !

xpablo said,
Being an internet vetran, I have been online since November '94, back when CompuServe existed and there was no such thing as Google and CS gave you an email address like " 8634560@compuserve.com "

Yahoo was just on it's way to becoming the "Heart" of the internet [World Wide Web] and then along came Google and stole it all away.

What strikes me as funny in this article is that it appears on Yahoo News.

I liked Yahoo until I could no longer resist the force of Google.

I am currently using Google to build a time machine, that I can go back to 1993 and create my own internet thing that will reward me with billions of dollar$.

Happy Birthday Google !

I thought the exact same thing about it being on Yahoo News.

hell u was on a little before i got online.... i was online in 1995-1996 (before the internet was huge) but i dont remember to much about the internet in those days... but im sure if i look back at it... it basically sucked. lol

internet probably never got good til atleast 1998 minimum... probably closer to 1999-2000 ish.

ThaCrip said,
hell u was on a little before i got online.... i was online in 1995-1996 (before the internet was huge) but i dont remember to much about the internet in those days... but im sure if i look back at it... it basically sucked. lol

internet probably never got good til atleast 1998 minimum... probably closer to 1999-2000 ish.

That's cause I had just made it on :P

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to google
Happy birthday to you

AND MANY MORE ON CHANNEL 4 AND SCOOBY DO ON CHANNEL 2 AND FRAKENSTEIN ON CHANNEL 9 AND THE BIG FAT LADY ON CHANNEL 80

I don't know what that Yahoo headline writer was thinking, since it's impossible to become the "official" heart of the Internet. He should have said "unofficial."

13 clusters you mean?
And they are only "official" because other ISP's have agreed to trust them. They themself are not required or enforced. The internet really has no laws or rules, just joint agreements for the "greater good". ISP's could rely on another source tomorrow if they wanted. They too are just unofficial official servers.

i was 18 (almost 19) when google started on "September 7, 1998" ... the month after that i would have been 19... so basically i was 19 when google started.

ThaCrip said,
i was 18 (almost 19) when google started on "September 7, 1998" ... the month after that i would have been 19... so basically i was 19 when google started.

I thought it started on August 4, 1997. Oh wait, that was something else.........or was it?