Apple wasn’t the only company who held my attention last week. I was reading Ken Auletta’s book, Googled: The End of the World as We Know It, and was intrigued by the innumerable ways Google has been (and continues to be) a “wave maker.” As Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google, says, “The Internet makes information available. Google makes information accessible.”
Auletta provides a great overview of how the company has evolved over the years. You probably know yourself that somewhere along the way Google slipped into your lexicon. Ultimately it became such a frequently used verb that it was officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary in June 2006 and to the Merrian-Webster Collegiate Dictionary one month later.
Google is creating new ways for us to access information every day. One of the best ways I’ve found to keep up with the myriad of changes is to read their official blog and checking the posts on the many other blogs they publish regularly. In fact, if you haven’t checked out Google’s options lately to see what else they’ve been up to it’s a good page to visit from time to time so you don’t miss all that they’re up to.
Here are a few recent activities of Google’s I learned about by reading their blogs:
1. In the past few weeks, Google’s Geo Team has done some great work helping with the relief efforts in Haiti using their mapping tools and publishing updated satellite imagery in Google Earth and Google Maps.
2. Google worked with PicApp to add 10 million high quality stock images from stock imagery repositories such as Getty Images. The service and use of the images is free.
3. Google added click to call phone numbers in mobile ads.
You may also enjoy the video below which provides a great history of the company.
How has Google caught your attention over the years or more recently?