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Thursday, April 29, 2004

Posted by Tanstaafl
Google files for an IPO

I wish Google the best of luck. I started using Google in 1998 when it was a barely known start-up. In fact I have a career-fair t-shirt from 1998 or 1999. At the time Google came out, search engines had about a 6 month life-span before they would become overwhelmed and start spitting out garbage, and then some other engine would take over. Lycos, Altavista, Webcrawler, Hotbot, and others all came and went in a short time. Yahoo switched their search engine (for queries outside their directory) several times for just that reason. Google, however, never seems to get bogged down. I don't know if that's just a testament to the strength of their algorithm, or because they keep changing things to shake it up, but I applaud them. At the same time, they keep adding products that are useful. This was written in the blogger add-in to their toolbar, which also contains an excellent pop-up blocker. The only question is whether their revenue stream of sponsored links is sustainable. Let's hope so.


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