15 years of Google: From University to Universal search

15 years of Google: From University to Universal search

Summary: Google is 15 years old today. Here, we take a trip back in time and watch the Google home page -- and logo evolve.

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  • February 2002

    Google introduces its enterprise search feature - the 'Search Appliance'.

    The appliance mapped all the web documents on the network accessible via hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) in a process known as crawling, then creates an index of those documents.

    It used PageRank to analyze the link structure of the network to determine the most important, highest quality pages across all sites. Then for each query, applied hypertext analysis using more than 100 variables to determine relevance.

    It searched Microsoft Office documents, PDF, PostScript, and dozens of other file types.

    Tabbed categories appeared above the search bar.

  • November 2002

    Google Answers appears.

    Google hired more than 500 'carefully screened' researchers 'ready to answer your question for as little as $2.50 -- usually within 24 hours'.

    The online knowledge market allowed users to post bounties for well researched answers to their queries. Asker-accepted answers cost $2 to $200. Google retained 25% of the researcher's reward and a 50 cent fee per question.

    In addition to the researcher's fees, a client who was satisfied with the answer could also leave a tip of up to $100. It was fully closed to new activity by late December 2006,

  • March 2003

    Business Solutions appear.

    Google adds to its portfolio of solutions. In addition to the search appliance, Google also adds a sponsored links program and content targeted advertising. It also offers a 'Buddy Link' -- a Google search box to search corporate sites using Google. 

Topic: Enterprise Software

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  • Slideshow from h3ll

    Welcome to the slideshow from h3ll: 23 only very slightly different images that require an entire web page browser refresh to load.

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    dsf3g
    • slideshows like this,

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      Jean-Pierre-
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  • Google is now a Monster

    Nobody knew that Google would grow into something as big as it is now. And very few people now know that Google is going to grow into something much bigger.

    Governments around the world will one day wonder how they can stop Google's dominance. It's going to be very hard to deal with, because Google's tentacles will be embedded in our society.
    Vbitrate
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    DAS01
  • Horrible slideshow

    And no ability to edit post send. Why not? Others manage it.

    My post should read:-

    "When will ZDnet reduce these slideshows, if not get rid of them entirely? Gave up at slide number 4.

    "How to lose viewers and influence nobody..."
    DAS01