Sunday, September 17, 2006

Hi folks
I've just found a enjoyable text and I'd like to share with you!
You can click here and listen Kathleen Taylor reading the text below.

Topic: Google
Back on this date in 1998, two graduate students opened the (garage) door in Menlo Park, California, on their new business: Google, Incorporated. The spelling of their company name (registered as a trademark) was a play on another made-up word: googol. That first googol was coined by Milton Sirotta, the young nephew of mathematician Edward Kasner, as a name for an immense number, the figure one followed by 100 zeros. Google's founders created an immensely powerful search engine, and they used that homophone to reflect their mission: "to organize the immense, seemingly infinite amount of information available on the web."

What's the significance of all this google talk? Because in just eight short years, from its founding (and registering) to July 2006, google has become such an established part of our lexicon, it has earned a spot in the next edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.

Don't worry: its position as a trademarked term is honored in both the etymology and in the definition. The lower-case transitive verb google is defined as "to use the Google search engine" (this Google is capitalized) "to obtain information about (as a person) on the World Wide Web."

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Daniel said...

so now we can say that everyone is googling something!

Fernanda said...

In the link “about google” you can find some corporate information including the “ten things” in their philosophy. I cited above the topics, and the extra explication that I think amusing.
Ten things Google has found to be true
1. Focus on the user and all else will follow.
2. It's best to do one thing really, really well.
3. Fast is better than slow.
4. Democracy on the web works.
5. You don't need to be at your desk to need an answer.
6. You can make money without doing evil.
7. There's always more information out there.
8. The need for information crosses all borders.
9. You can be serious without a suit.
10. Great just isn't good enough.
* Full-disclosure update: When we first wrote these "10 things" four years ago, we included the phrase "Google does not do horoscopes, financial advice or chat." Over time we've expanded our view of the range of services we can offer –- web search, for instance, isn't the only way for people to access or use information -– and products that then seemed unlikely are now key aspects of our portfolio. This doesn't mean we've changed our core mission; just that the farther we travel toward achieving it, the more those blurry objects on the horizon come into sharper focus (to be replaced, of course, by more blurry objects).

Daniel said...

And that's why Google is going really big.
Thanks Fernanda for taking time for sharing this.