A Happy Birthday Message to "Dear" Google
Do you remember your thirteenth birthday? Well, if you are a parent, chances are you don’t remember yours but you definitely remember when your boy or girl became a teenager. I mean that is the time when for some funny reason, the kids realize they just have a better sense of direction than their parents. That’s the time when advice given to them with genuine concern is taken to be old fashioned and not relevant in modern times… Most parents dread having a house of more than one teenager.
So, Google is turning thirteen years. Be afraid. It’s the age of rebellion. It’s the age of experimenting with all hazardous things that nobody in his right mind would dare try. It’s the age of closing ears to all advice especially from those who have been around longer. And it’s the age of big dreams.
And talking of big dreams, Google has entered its teens with a lot of enthusiasm. We knew Google as a search engine and before long, there was Google scholar, then Google decided to scan books and of course there was the maps thing. All that seemed in line with its search engine niche until Google thought, why not try email? And it was a great thought because many people today prefer Gmail over yahoo and hotmail. Then Google got really crazy and thought of talking over the internet. And the YouTube acquisition made a strong statement.
But the life cycle of Google had to go through the teen age which comes with its fare share of trouble. Google must have been too excited about curving out a great niche in email industry that they thought how about we try social networking too? And so buzz was born- and as we all know, it was a big flop too. But Google was a teenager and teens have so much energy that they keep trying the impossible so Google tried to salvage buzz by introducing the google+ thing. Needless to say, it has still not caught up as they probably anticipated. So what is next? I have no idea but am certain Google will continue to try to do something big. For instance, Google might try the impossible feat of toppling facebook or some other crazy thing. After all, its Google’s teens years and teens will always be teens.
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