Today I have been reading about the fact that it is Google’s birthday. Although there seems to be some confusion as to the age of Google and when exactly they consider the day they were actually born, there is no mistaking their brand. The primary colors you see and the definite logo look no matter the season or occasion is never mistaken. It seems that the company has been around since the day that “fruit company” was born, but in terms of shelf life, I suppose this company is really fresh. Whether it be 9 years 10 years or not, the fact that they have more money than most countries is a reason to celebrate their birthday.
In their relatively short term life, they have become a household name, a verb, and probably the most recognizable brand on the planet. My 80+ year old grandmother and my 6 year old son both know the company and what it does. It has become a part of our everyday life and is woven into our daily routine as a fabric of our existence. I tried to think of a company that had such an impact on a global scale as has the fine folks at Google. I’m not sure I could possibly name a company that is such a part of the lives of so many. I can still remember the first time I heard about Google. I was working in the legal field and was doing online research about companies and people, and someone told me to try this company that is revolutionizing the way we search for things online. Never did I see then what I see today, and especially in such a short period of time. It makes me wonder where we will stand when we are talking about their 25th birthday or perhaps not even that long but in 5 years where will they be? I’m sure that prophets more idealistic than I will have a field day with that question. How about you? Where do you see Google in 5 more years? Should we be afraid? I must admit I am a little spooked myself at how powerful this company has become in the time it has been alive. Happy Birthday Google and many happy returns.