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5 Reasons to Celebrate Google’s Birthday September 27, 2007

Posted by mikeglanz in Search Engines, WebStuff.
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Happy Birthday Google

A tear comes to my eye when I think of everything that Google has done for me in its 9 years of existence. Today is the 9th anniversary of the day that Google.com launched. In honor of Google.com here are the top 5 reasons Google.com is my favorite website:

  • They taught us to search – Back when I was still using a 26k modem is the first time I ran across Google.com. My best friends mom was a software developer and told him to start using it instead of Yahoo. I remember not knowing how it worked, but actually being impressed with the relevance of the results for the term I was searching. To date I use all sorts of advanced search techniques like “site:”, “linkdomain:” (RIP), and date search (which I picked up from Matt Cutts).
  • They brought us Gmail – Hotmail would never let me have my own name (mikeglanz@hotmail.com was taken!) – when a friend from Stanford gave me a gmail invite, I was stoked to get not only mikeglanz@gmail.com, but my wifes, and my parents names as well. With few exceptions, all my friends have their name on their gmail account (Pete Johnson had no such luck)
  • Free Analytics – To date HireAHelper still gets calls from analytics firms offering to sell me $1000/mo+ analytics packages.
  • Online Advertising – with positive ROI! – CPC has been responsible for 50% of HireAHelper sales to date. We will most likely never stop making money off the AdWords platform.
  • They gave us inspiration – Larry and Sergey jumped to the 55th richest men in the world when Google.com had its IPO. Other companies have inspired me as well (Amazon in particular), but Google is at least partly responsible for me quitting my job and launching my own startup. How many other great startups have been founded because they were inspired by Google. (Ask any VC how many entrepreneurs come in telling them they have the next Google!)

So here’s to you Google. May you last another 9 years. And may HireAHelper.com show up as result 1 for Moving Help!

Comment with YOUR reasons to celebrate Google’s birthday

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Comments

1. Phil - September 27, 2007

I couldn’t live with out Gmail and I love Apps for my domain because all my work emails now have the look and feel of Gmail’s interface.

2. Keith - October 1, 2007

I fell in love with Google after I signed up for Gmail (at a time when Hotmail was still having 2MB of storage!)

3. TimuM - April 10, 2008

Huh… Slightly addled, but on the whole I like this post. You’ve got some fresh ideas. But please, write more lucid.


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