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        Robert Fassbach, editor, www.SeniorArk.com

       September 27, 2007  

I used Google to do a search this morning. The logo above appeared at the top of the page. Not recognizing its significance, I moved my cursor over that strange "9". Up pops the message: "Google's 9th birthday."

SAY WHAT?  Nine years old?  Only nine years? Seems like it's been around forever! There is some old broccoli in a bowl at the back of my refrigerator older than that. My car is 10. My dog is 14. My wife is...."never mind"!  The last time I blinked, it was  9 years ago. I could still see my feet 9 years ago. Nine years. No time at all.  

How indicative of the fast cyber world in which we live! Take a nap, and everything has changed. I bought my very first computer in 1999. Shortly after. I remember being told by a very young friend to try this new service with a strange sounding name to do my searches. She called it "Google". "Surely you are kidding me", I remarked. On a lark I did. "OK", I thought. Just another way to find something. Who knew?

Today Google is arguably the premier search engine in the world. The word "google" has become synonymous with "search-for online". If it isn't in the dictionary, it will be. (My dictionary is 47 years old---we know it ain't there!)

Google was co-founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, in a dorm room,  while they were students at Stanford University and the company was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 7, 1998. Google's initial public offering took place on August 19, 2004, raising $1.67 billion, making it worth $23 billion. Through a series of new product developments, acquisitions and partnerships, the company has expanded its initial search and advertising business into other areas, including web-based email, online mapping, office productivity, and video sharing, among others.

Google was added to the S&P 500 index on March 30, 2006, replacing Burlington Resources, a major oil producer based in Houston.

At the close of the stock markets YESTERDAY, September 26, 2007, Google is valued at $177.18 BILLION !



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