Google loves to take chances with its products, and sometimes those products pay off big. Here are the most important products released by Google.
Google Search made its debut in 1997 and remains the most widely used search engine in the world. In fact, Google Search is nearly synonymous with the internet itself at this point. Much of the success of Google Search is due to an algorithm called PageRank that helps to prioritize the value of pages on the web.
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I get that folks like Google Maps, but no mention of Google Earth in this article seems like a big miss.
I don't like what Google has done to Google Maps. I'll be looking around for something better when I get some time
Google Desktop was great but canned. It needed updates for more file types. Just as my wife was feeling competent . . . .
One correction. Google Maps USED to be the best. Now, with their redesign of it, they've pretty much made it a non-starter. Even Apple Map is better than the Google redesign. I've since moved to Bing maps.
I would add Google Reader to the list.
Just because Google didn't love it doesn't mean it wasn't great. Still today, there's nothing out there quite as good or well-supported.
@sperry532 I agree with you as well. I am a die hard google maps user but the new version is a mess that is the only way to describe it. I may have a look at Bing maps.
@sperry532 Thank you for your Google Maps comment. I cannot believe what a morass Maps has become. I struggle to do anything beyond a simple mapping activity. Beyond that it becomes an endless session of Whose Places, Where Are My Favorite Directions, What Happened to My Directions, When is a Saved Map Not a Favorite (or did I get that backwards), FTW are Classic Maps vs FTW This Map, etc., etc.? And don't even get me started about cross-platform usage. OMG. I'd rather have the 4' piece of folding paper spread across my steering wheel than this mess!
@justusdj Dumbest thing I ever did was listen to my then girlfriend and not buy into the YHOO IPO at $8 a share.