If Google Ruled

Contest Info

  • Started: 9/27/2009 13:00
  • Ended: 9/30/2009 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 16
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
If Google Ruled
Contest Directions: Google celebrates its 11th birthday today. So it is only fitting for Google to have a special logo for the day. The logo is almost the same as usual, but there are two Ls, signifying 11 years. Born as a shy startup in a garage, Google has grown into the king of Silicon Valley, and an absolute darling of the Internet. Google is rapidly evolving into areas beyond search. It recently introduced its own browser Chrome, and its own cell "droid" Phone. We love Google and we use it daily.
Photoshop what life would be like if Google ruled the world. Some examples are: showing how companies and products would look if they were owned by Google (or merged with it), designing a new logo for Google, etc.

Contest Info

    • Started: 9/27/2009 13:00
    • Ended: 9/30/2009 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 16
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
16 pictures
  • Everything Google

    Everything Google
  • Google Snail Mail

    Google Snail Mail
  • Many Naked People Spelling Out the Name Google

    Many Naked People Spelling Out the Name Google
  • The Google Bible

    The Google Bible
  • Google Land in the Ocean

    Google Land in the Ocean
  • The Google Store

    The Google Store
  • Google Goo

    Google Goo
  • Google with King Kong on Top Of World

    Google with King Kong on Top Of World
  • Google: The Movie

    Google:  The Movie
  • Crime Scene Google

    Crime Scene Google
16 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Google History: Initially, the search engine google.stanford.edu was used on the Stanford site. The domain Google.com was registered on September 15, 1997. Brin and Page were against the use of flashing advertisement messages in search results or search results of financing models and they had written research work in 1998 on this topic, still being students. However, soon they changed their opinion and an earlier stage, allowed to include simple text advertisements, which at present, form the core source of revenue for Google. Creation of the company: Google got the first financing in August 1998 in the form of 100000 US Dollars from Andy Bechtolsheim, one of the founders of the presently defunct Sun Microsystems. Officially, Google was registered on September 4, 1998 in the friend's garage in Menlo Park, California. The name "Google" originated from word "googol", indicating the digit 1 with one hundred zeros (though Enid Blyton used the phrase "Google Bun" in the Magic Faraway Tree (published in 1943). In 2006, the verb "to google", which was very often used in day-to-day language, and was added to the Oxford Dictionary with the meaning "the use of Google for search on the Internet". By the end of 1998, Google indexed around 60 million pages. The "BETA" version was mentioned as usual on the main page, but an article in Salon.com, had already confirmed that the search results of Google were better than the results in other search sites such as Hotbot or Excite.com and lauded Google for better technological innovations than overloaded portals (for instance, Yahoo!, Excite.com, Lycos, Netscap's Netcenter, AOL.com, Go.com and MSN.com), which, during the dot.com bubble period, were looked at as "future webs", especially by stock market investors. In March 1999, the company moved to 165 University Avenue in Palo Alto, where other technological startups of Silicon Valley were located. In 1999, after rapid growth, the company rented a set of buildings in Mountain View at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway from Silicon Graphics (SGI). Since then, the company remained in this place and the complex is known as the Googleplex (a play on the word "Googleplex", the number, equaling to 1 with one hundred zeros). In 2006, Google acquired the property from SGI for 319 million US Dollars. The search engine "Google" attracts devoted admirers amongst a growing number of internet users, who loved its simple user interface. In 2000, Google started advertising, associated with key search words. The advertisements were text messages, which did not crowd the page design and without reducing its loading speed. Keywords were sold on the basis of a combination of offer price and number of clicks, with prices, ranging from 0.05 USD per click. This model of selling advertisements on keywords was, for the first time, proposed by Goto.com ( later on, it was renamed to Overture Services, before it was acquired by Yahoo! and re-branding as Yahoo! Search Marketing). Though many of its competitors could not succeed in entering the Internet market, Google slowly grew. Funding and first public offer: The first funding for Google was 100 000 US Dollars from Andy Bechtolsheim , one of the founders of Sun Microsystems, which was received in August 1998 even before the registration of company. In the beginning of 1999, still postgraduate students, Brin and Page decided that their search system is distracting their education. They offered George Bell, CEO of Excite, to sell it for one million dollars, but Bell rejected the offer. The funding of 25 million US dollars was announced on July 7, 1999 by major investing venture companies such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and Sequoia Capital. Initial public offers (IPO) of Google took place five years later on in August 19, 2004. The company offered 19 605 052 shares at 85 US dollars per share. Shares were sold through online auctions in a unique format, which was organized by the transaction under raters Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. The revenue from the IPO was 1.67 billion US Dollars, which indicated that the market capitalization of Google constituted more than 23 billion dollars. The overwhelming majority from 271 million shares remained with Google and many employees of Google instantly became millionaires - holders of the securities. Yahoo!, which is a competitor of Google, also received a benefit, since it had 8.4 million shares of Google before the IPO. On October 31, 2007, the share price touched 700 US dollars, primarily, due to the large volume of sales and revenues in the online advertisement market. Presently, the company is indicated on NASDAQ under the ticker "GOOG" and under the ticker "GGQ1" on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Despite the current financial success of Google, its price, quoted on NASDAQ, as before, did not exceed the pre-crisis level of 714 US dollars and as of February 24, 2012, its share price was 609 US Dollars.