Because true inspiration – and innovation – can really transform the World, today we bring a selection of data-visualizations that show how Google stepped up to be the giant that we all know today. I also recommend a visit at Wikipedia’s article for a more “text” version of this incredible path.
Google’s history is one of those amazing tales of “American Dream meets geniuses on the right moment”. A little bit of that history:
Despite the fact that the main revenues always came from advertising, it was the PageRank technology that still garantees Brin and Page a place among the new generation technology revolutionaries.
Speaking about Google is an exercise of grandiosity by itself. The numbers behind the corporation are amazing – and they just don’t seem to stop growing.
The Buying Spree
Since the year 2000, Google has made investments and acquisitions on a constant basis:
Much more than a Search engine
As we saw previously, Google has been on a rampage of acquisitions. But few were so important as YouTube. Behold some facts and figures behind the online video world leader
Information and Trends
The set of tools that compose the Google Universe is indeed fantastic. An the ones related to internet itself are some of the best – like Trends and Insights:
Rediscovering our World – and beyond
With Google Earth, the company made another giant leap into greatness, providing a revolutionary tool for rediscovering our planet. Geography was never so fun! Soon, hundreds of interactive visualizations were produced, opening a new era of data-visualization:
The number of Google products is amazingly huge, showing the ability of constant innovation. Some visualizations about those “minor” services:
One of the recent technological market fields that Google seems to be doing well is Mobile, with Android being a surprising success.
Failures and Concerns
Of course that not everything is nice and easy for Google. Here are some of the “troubled waters” the company has to sail trough…
Social Media and other Flops
Like Microsoft did with Google, underestimating the opportunities behind the search business, some say that Google made the same mistake by ignoring the true importance of Social Media. Even Orkut, popular in India and Brazil, was never a priority. And this king of mistakes usually comes with a high cost…
Information. That’s Google main asset, and it gets bigger by the second. It didn’t take long for the concerns with privacy issues become part of their daily “bad news” routine, like when Google Buzz was launched…
Size means energy. And energy equals environmental impact. What’s Google impact and what are they doing about it?
Against the other big players
Naturally, as Google grown, other “traditional” players had to pay more and more attention to the new giant. And companies like Apple and Microsoft engaged in a interesting dispute, joined recently by Facebook as well.
What can we expect from Google? I believe nobody can really answer that without using a bit of wild imagination…
We could not end this post without some cool videos. The Google Universe has been a constant subject in infographic videos, some of it even made by Google itself. A few of my personal favorites:
Even with this amount of data visualizations, I still got that feeling that we could go on and on, forever. That’s the supreme beauty of Google – nobody knows when it ends…
As usual, feel free to leave other sugestions – maybe next year we’ll include it, on the 14th anniversary.