Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Sep 2018 22:28 UTC

No technology company is arguably more responsible for shaping the modern internet, and modern life, than Google. The company that started as a novel search engine now manages eight products with more than 1 billion users each. Many of those people use Google software to search the repository of human knowledge, communicate, perform work, consume media, and maneuver the endlessly vast internet in 2018. On Tuesday, September 4th, Google turned 20 years old, marking one of the most staggeringly influential runs for any corporation in history.

Even though I got into computing way before Google became a household name, it still feels like Google is a lot older than it actually is - almost as if it's always been there. While the company has - like every other technology company - terrible ethics, there's no denying it's a major success story.

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Comment by streetmagick
by streetmagick on Thu 6th Sep 2018 03:54 UTC
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I relied on Hotbot and AltaVista before.

Anyways, I barely consider them a tech company. You should be defined by your biggest product: Which is Google's own users themselves. Google is an advertising company first. And a tech company second. One that sadly destroyed better tech (interface on Win Phone, or QNX/Blackberry). And they don't even care about the OS that killed them (Android). It's probably on it's leg too. It served it's purpose.

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RE: Comment by streetmagick
by shotsman on Thu 6th Sep 2018 07:08 in reply to "Comment by streetmagick"
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You are the PRODUCT with Google, FB and the rest.
What you do, where you go, how you live and even what you eat is simply a Prime Rib meal to Google. They need a constant stream of data on everyone so that they can in turn feed data to their clients (The Advertising Agencies).

Use Google, FB etc and you are feeding the Dragon.

At least FB and Twitter turned up for the Senate Hearings yesterday. Google didn't. Read into that what you will...

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I’m glad google didn’t show up to that scam of a “hearing”. When you have fascist conspiracy theory toting nutjobs presented front and center in the audience, maybe you should rethink the politicized display of fake outrage.

I’m going to support google more now, since they show they actually have some balls.

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