Living on the Internet and it's breathing so Free, fresh and ever enlightened with the amazing depth of Information spell. Web is a treasure of wisdom the interplay of Information, Work and Life. And with Google celebrating it's 9th Birthday, on the occasion, I feel compelled to sit back and marvel at the depth and Power of a Search Engine - My Affair with Google began way back years as I explored the web with various key words. 27th September - Google's Birthday and it's our Birthday too:-)
In September 1998, Google Inc. opened its door in Menlo Park, California. The door came with a remote control, as it was attached to the garage of a friend who sub-let space to the new corporation's staff of three. The office offered several big advantages and also provided a parking space for the first employee hired by the new company. He was Craig Silverstein, now Google's director of technology. Google.com was in the Beta version then and answered over 10,000 search queries each day. Their ladder to success was sure as in December 1998, PC Mag named Google as one of its Top 100 Web sites and Search Engines for 1998. By 21st September 1999, the Beta Label of Google Search Engine came off from the site and became Time magazine's Top Ten Best Cybertech list for 1999.
Google got the Webby Award and a People's Voice Award for technical achievement in May 2000 when Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin spoke few words of acceptance 'We Love you Google users. And this turned out today with people saying "We Love You Google". Quality of search results is all that matters with Google. Most comprehensive web search and here's Google come a long way with :google search, Google mail, Google Earth, Google Moon, Google Maps, Google Tool Bar, Google Adwords, Google Adsense, Google Store, Google Desktop, Google Video, Google Blog Search, Google Talk, and more n more!!! Yeah, Google Labs & Google Print and all more....
In 2006, we have the Google Video Player and its the best featuring upcoming on the web. Also a brand new Google video Store. A Google Pack and Google Apps - All so rosy and tempting to use! There is a play Blogger and the Picasa Web Albums coming up so live too. Even Google Moon went Live this year in September 2007 and this will give a chance to all who love Star Gazing:-) Indeed, a space Race for New Generation. Here's to Watch Google Lunar X Prize. Also get to the Nasa Sponsored Challenge for Technical Innovations - Info here.
Btw, there's all great Google Docs for use in the classroom I heard! I have just set up my Doc feature but for the English and Journalism class, Teachers have great tips from Joe Bellino and Ailish Zompa, ESL Teachers at Montgomery Blair High School, Rockville, Maryland. A brief video shows the use of Google Docs showed by Esther, Palo Alto High School.
I am sure, this will provide info to many Teachers - on marvels of using Google Docs, Spreadsheets, presentations and Blogger tools.
As for kids Safety, here's the Official Google Blog on Online Child Safety Initiatives which might help. Stay Informed. Enjoy!
- ilaxi patel
Author of Guardian of Angels