Google.com is 10

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“Did you get invited to Google’s 10th birthday party? No? Me, neither, but we may as well celebrate. Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the registration of the Google.com domain name. Maybe it’s a premature soiree. There wasn’t a lot to Google.com on Sept. 15, 1997. The search engine launched shortly afterward, the company wasn’t incorporated until a year later, and the much-ballyhooed IPO didn’t come for another seven years.

However, that humble domain name obviously marked the start of something great. In just 10 years, Google has become the global leader in online advertising, and a menace to any company trying to matter in the search space. This company generated $3.1 billion in profit last year, on a robust $10.6 billion in revenue.

Google is a part of any Internet user’s life. Even if you’ve entirely avoided the Google.com landing page over the years — and if you are, the Smithsonian wants you — you’ve probably come across Google’s network of content-targeted ads, which wallpaper the Web via its Google AdSense program. If not, there’s a YouTube video with your name on it. Google doesn’t have to turn 10 to earn your respect, though. It was just seven when Microsoft huddled its key executives in a summit simply titled “The Google Challenge,” to address the one company the House of Gates fears more than any software or PC maker.” – Rick Aristotle Munarriz, The Motley Fool

In case you were wondering the term “google” returns over 867 million google search results while “google.com” returns 115 million. Backlinks? Yeah Google has a few. A little over 57 million of them along with over 60 million unique visitors daily. It is merely an estimate but the domain name alone, google.com is appraised at over $500 million. Not a bad domain name for a company with an annual net revenue just a hair under $3 billion. Google owns a few domain names of their own, click here to few the list google has been acquiring over the years.

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