Is there anybody who doesn’t love a fun birthday celebration?
Birthdays aren’t just for humans anymore. Plenty of animals, organizations, and even businesses get their own birthday parties.
Google has managed to become an essential part of many people’s lives since its creation. We user it’s power to find information, reach customers, and sometimes just teach and entertain us.
It’s not surprising that the date of Google’s Birthday has become a topic of interest for a variety of people. Normally there isn’t much debate about birthdays, there’s no real way to dispute the date you were born. But in the case of Google’s Birthday, that situation is a bit more complicated.
How Old Is Google?
If you were to ask Google how old it was, it would tell you it was 18 years old which puts its birthday as 1998. If you go by the year Google filed for incorporation 18 is the right age, but what if you were to go by different standards?
Finding the true date for the birthday of a company is difficult, mainly because you have to define when the company truly began. Did it form when the owner first has the idea to start a business? Do you think it began when the paperwork was processed and approved or did nothing truly start until the first day of business?
If you believe Google’s birthday should be the year it was first established, the company technically would have been “born” in 1996. During that year, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed the concept for the company as a research project.
People who believe a company isn’t truly a company until it’s publicly traded would place Google’s birthday in 2004. That was the year it had its debut IPO.
Some may also want to consider that the company “Google” doesn’t technically exist anymore. Google’s parent company is Alphabet, and you could argue that it deserves its own recognition. If you want to go down that route, “Google” wouldn’t even be 2 years old.
The Curious Case of Google’s Birthday
Determining the true “birthday” of a business is only one of the reasons why this is debated.
The company hasn’t made it easy to pinpoint Google’s Birthday. At the very least we can place their birthday as sometime in September because the company has celebrated their birthday on several different days in the month.
In 2003 Google’s birthday announcement and celebration were held on September 8th, and the year after that their celebration happened on the 7th. In 2005 Google’s birthday was on the 26th, but in 2006 they celebrated on the 27th.
Is there any significance to these dates that would prove that it’s the appropriate time for Google’s birthday? That’s debatable. The company lists its date of incorporation as September 4th, 1998, but the actual concept for Google predates that by two years.
Google is well aware of it’s “floating birthday” and has a good sense of humor about it. In fact for Google’s Birthday in 2013 they jokingly mentioned the abundance of birthdays they have.
Since 2006 the birthday has been celebrated on September 27th. That date may have been chosen because September 27th, 2002 was the first time they featured a birthday doodle.
The debate over Google’s birthday has been going on for awhile, and despite the 27th being in use for over a decade some people may still dispute the true date. The fascination over it may seem strange to some people. But when you think about just how important Google is to people and society as a whole, an obsession over pinpointing the date can make sense.
Why We Care About Google’s Birthday
Human birthdays are a time to come together and celebrate a person’s life.
You celebrate their creation, the role they’ve played in your life, and all of the accomplishments they’ve done. If Google were a person instead of a business, it’s fair to say that they may have the most celebrated and acknowledged birthday on the planet.
There’s no denying that Google has had a massive impact on most people’s lives. They’re one of the most innovative companies around today, and when you take a look at their accomplishments you’ll wonder why Google’s birthday isn’t a national holiday.
It Changed the Way We View Tech
After the dot-com bubble burst at the turn of the millennium, you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody that wanted to invest in a technology-based company. Computers, the internet, and other tech were seen as passing fads that were too risky to invest in. Despite the harsh economic climate, Google managed to change that.
When Google’s IPO debuted in 2004 it was valued at $85 a share. Despite its affordable value, people were still skeptical of how well a tech company would do in the stock market.
Google managed to experience nearly unheard of growth for years. Google’s success didn’t just help the company, it also helped other tech giants we see today. One could argue that companies like Facebook and Twitter wouldn’t have the prestige and reach they possess today if Google’ hadn’t proved that tech could generate money.
Revolutionization of Work
Some younger readers may have never worked in an office where chat apps and e-mail communication weren’t the norm. If you’re old enough to remember the days of written communication and paper files, you know how much of a game changer G Suite is.
In 1997, having gigabytes of e-mail storage and a free e-mail provider was almost unheard of for businesses and enterprises. In 2017 G-mail has become one of the go-to email services both businesses and individuals use.
Tech savvy offices in the late 90’s and early ’00 may have had programs like Microsoft Word or Corel to handle word processing. Those tools were helpful, but they also cost a considerable amount of money.
Google Docs, Google Sheets, and other programs in the office suite deserve their own Google Birthday bash. The programs were free to use from the beginning and had the added benefit of making inter-office communication easier.
Google Drive made accessing documents simple. Employees could have a central hub to place files, and with the right permissions, others could access them.
Instead of having to email countless edits of important documents to people, they could make their own edits that you could view in real time. Sharing information became simple, and all you needed to access it was valid Google e-mail address.
They Could Make Your Next Car
Imagine being able to relax when you’re behind the wheel. You could be alerted of potential traffic problems, ensure that you’re taking the best route, and would barely have to touch the wheel.
Google’s Smart Cars could change the way we drive. Their self-driving car project Waymo could put smart cars in our streets in a matter of years. Some states are already testing Google’s smart cars.
Navigation Is Easy
In the past, if you wanted to go somewhere new, there was a considerable amount of prep time spent on simply traveling there.
Ideal routes had to be planned with the help of a paper map (that you’d have to hope are up to date), traffic patterns had to be analyzed to see when you should leave, and if you wanted a set of written directions you’d have to figure it out on your own.
Now if you’re planning a road trip all you need is a charged smartphone. Google’s birthday bash should honor Maps, it changed the way people travel. Thanks to the company’s innovations, you essentially have a trip planner and navigator in your hand.
Maps can tell you your ideal route, give you an accurate ETA, alert you of upcoming traffic, and even plan alternate routes. In the past, simple navigation like this was impossible to get without paying money and doing a lot of research. Now you can have the information you need with the click of a button.
It Changed Our Language
When you’re about to conduct an internet search, what do you usually say?
“Let me Bing something really quick and get back to you.”
“Hold on, let me Ask Jeeves something.”
Let’s face it, the term “Google” is synonymous with search. When people think of searching for something online, they immediately turn to Google. Google is by far the most used search engine in the country, it’s only natural that people will start using its name to describe the action of searching for information.
It Makes Data Accessible
In the past doing customer research was a difficult task.
Focus groups would have to be planned, analysts would have to be brought in to interpret data, and only businesses with a big budget could afford to do anything. Thankfully Google managed to change the way businesses handle customer data.
Services in the Google Analytics Suite have made customer insights and data accessible to businesses of all income levels. With the click of the button, you can see what language attracts customers to your business, where they’re coming from, how they behave, and a variety of other things.
Google Created (and still creates) Jobs (And Industries)
What do the terms “SEO specialist”, “web content writer”, and “social media manager” all have in common? They’re all the names of full-time jobs that wouldn’t have existed 20 years ago.
We mentioned before that Google helped paved the way for tech giants like Twitter and Facebook. Google didn’t just pave the way for new businesses, it also helped create the need for a variety of new jobs. Those jobs also required a special set of skills.
Are you an art major that wants to find steady work? In the past, you’d apply to galleries, but now you’re picking up graphic design skills so you can add your expertise to a new app or website.
Did you study English or writing? There are a lot of websites that need page content and have social media profiles that require catchy text posts.
If you work in marketing or advertising you may feel tempted to throw a Google birthday party in your office. Google has revolutionized both industries, and now the average day of someone working in the industry looks completely different than it did 10 years ago.
Marketers and advertisers have access to more data than ever before. Google search results can tell you almost everything you’d want to know about your target customer base.
They Could Revolutionize the Way We View Screens
Google Glass didn’t make the biggest splash when it made its debut. Wearable tech may not have worked out, but that doesn’t mean that they’re out of the AR screen game.
Imagine being able to look out your window and see the time, temperature, your latest emails, and schedule for the day. You wouldn’t be looking at a list taped on the window, you’d be looking at state of the art smart glass that could display important information.
Google’s Glass technology could turn almost any surface into a screen. Imagine being able to know the week’s forecast by looking out the window. With Google’s advanced glass technology, your fantasy could be a reality.
They’re a Company That Gives Back
Companies that are generous deserve recognition.
It isn’t unusual for companies to plan a few charity drives or events for employees to participate in, but Google takes the concept of the charity to the extreme. They’re one of the most generous companies that exist.
During Google’s 3rd Annual Global Giving Week they recently set a personal record for charity. They managed to collect a little over $24 million in just 7 days. During that week over a third of all Google employees pledged time or money to charity, and 750 non-profits from around the world benefited from their generosity.
The company is also doing work that could benefit millions of people around the world. They’ve invested money in bringing the Internet to remote regions, and strive to make technology more accessible.
A company that has it’s own secure mobile operating system, search engine, and a variety of other options deserves to have a good birthday. How would you celebrate Google’s Birthday? Tell us about it in the comments.
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