Friday, January 24, 2014

Google Outage, Gmail Down. Let's look back on Google as a company while they fix it!

Google in 1998
While Google deals with their outage, we thought we'd take a look back at a little bit of Google history. Above is what the browser looked like in 1998, 2 years after two Stanford University grad students (Sergey Brin & Larry Page) set about creating a better way to deliver information to internet users by way of search engines. Read more on Wikipedia here. Google's homepage in 1998 was pretty cute! We like it.

We also like the performance of Google's stock:
Google stock prices
If you saved up $1000 to buy ten shares of Google stock (GOOG) in 2004, your stock would be worth about $11,000 right now. Current share price is around $1100. As you can see from the graph, there have been ups and downs with this tech stock (traded on the NASDAQ), but in general, it's on an upward trajectory over the long-term. We all use Google products all the time (as we've seen today with the number of freak-outs due to the Gmail outage), so it's no wonder the company keeps performing well.

And now that you've learned a bit about Google's history and stock prices, it's time to get back to using Google and Gmail, as they are both back up. Google is no longer down.

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