Google Timeline

  • registered as a domain

  • First Google Friends Newsletter

    First Friends NewsletterLarry launches a monthly “Google Friends Newsletter” on eGroups to inform fans about company news (it’s still published, on Google Groups).
  • First investor in Google!

    First InvestorSun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim writes a check for $100,000 to an entity that doesn’t exist yet – a company called Google Inc.
  • First Employee

    First EmployeeLarry and Sergey hire Craig Silverstein as their first employee; he’s a fellow computer science grad student at Stanford.
  • Funded by Major Venture Capital Firms

    Funded Our first press release announces a $25 million round from Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins; John Doerr and Michael Moritz join the board. The release quotes Moritz describing “Googlers” as “people who use Google.”
  • Google Grows Ups

    We drop the exclamation mark from our name and add a link for searches limited to U.S. government documents.
  • Google in 10 languages WOW!

    New LanguagesThe first 10 language versions of are released: French, German, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish.
  • Google wins first Webby Award!

    Webby'sWe win our first Webby Awards: Technical Achievement (voted by judges) and Peoples’ Voice (voted by users).
  • Largest Search Engine?!

    1 BillionGoogle becomes the world’s largest search engine; we announce the first billion-URL index.
  • AdWords

    AdWordsGoogle AdWords launches with 350 customers. The self-service ad program promises online activation with a credit card, keyword targeting and performance feedback.
  • Toolbar

    ToolbarGoogle Toolbar is released – a browser plug-in that makes it possible to search without visiting the Google homepage.
  • Image Search

    Image Searchmage Search launches, offering access to 250 million images.
  • International Offices

    We open our first international office, in Tokyo.
  • News

    Google NewsExtra! Extra! Google News launches with 4000 news sources.
  • Word of the Year!

    American Dialect Society members vote “google” the “most useful” Word of the Year for 2002.
  • AdSense

    AdSenseGoogle announces a new content-targeted advertising service, enabling publishers large and small to access Google’s vast network of advertisers. (Weeks later, on April 23, we acquired Applied Semantics, whose technology bolsters the service named AdSense.)
  • Gmail

    GmailLaunch Gmail on April Fool’s Day. (At the time, you needed an invitation to get an account.)
  • Google Maps

    MapsGoogle Maps goes live.
  • Earth

    Google EarthGoogle Earth: a satellite imagery-based mapping service combining 3D buildings and terrain with mapping capabilities and Google search.
  • Google Analytics

    AnalyticsRelease of Google Analytics, formerly known as Urchin, for measuring the impact of websites and marketing campaigns.
  • Google Canlendar

    We launch Google Calendar, complete with sharing and group features.
  • Google Trends

    Google Trends, a way to visualize the popularity of searches over time.
  • Docs/Spreadsheets

    Release web-based applications Docs & Spreadsheets: Word processor Docs is a reworking of Writely (acquired in March).
  • STREEET View

    Street ViewStreet View debuts in Google Maps in five U.S. cities: New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, and Denver.
  • Right to Left Language

    Right-to-LeftFor people searching in Hebrew, Arabic, or other right-to-left languages, we introduce a feature aimed at making searches easier by detecting the direction of a query.
  • GoogleFinance

    FinanceReal-time stock quotes go live on Google Finance for the first time.
  • SearchWiki

    SearchWiki launches as a way for users to customize their own search experience by re-ranking, deleting, adding, and commenting on search results. Comments can also be read by other users.
  • Google Translate

  • Voice

  • Google Chrome

  • Google Dashboard

    The Google Dashboard provides you with greater transparency and control over the data associated with your Google Account.
  • Google TV

    TVGoogle announces Google TV, which is built on Android and Chrome and gives you an easy and fast way to navigate to television channels, websites, apps, shows and movies. We’re busy at I/O this year, with a handful of other announcements and updates.
  • Google Instant

  • Google ArtProject

  • Google OnePass

  • Google+

    Google+ Social Networking and Identity Service
  • Moderate It

    ModeratorThe White House holds an online town hall to answer citizens‘ questions submitted on Google Moderator.