Spotted via Google Blogoscoped, Google’s finally acknowledging turning 10 this month with a special Google 10th Birthday web site. It features a cool interactive timeline where you can click on various events in the company’s history and get more information, along with a new "Project 10 to The 100" challenge for ideas to improve the world and an invitation for anyone to share stories about Google.
Here’s a sample of the timeline:
Nice! My first review of Google back in 1998 made the timeline. If you click any link, more information shows up about it, with further references.
Looking for the timeline to clear up which exact day will be Google’s birthday? No such luck. "Google turns 10" is listed near the end but just brings up various posts from the Official Google Blog from this month.
Me, I’m still banking on Google celebrating this Saturday, Sept. 27 as its birthday. My past post, Google Is 10 Years Old? Finding The Real Google Birthday, explains how Google’s birthday has been something of a moving target that for the past few years has hit on Sept. 27 rather than Sept. 7 (a date that many media publications choose for their "Google’s 10" stories earlier this month.
Want in on the celebrations? Google’s inviting people to submit written stories (100 words or less) or videos of how they use Google.
Google’s also using its birthday to kickoff Project 10100, a project seeking ideas on how to improve communities, employment opportunities, energy issues, the environment, health issues, education, shelter and housing problems or anything else. Five final ideas will be selected, with Google pledging $10 million in funding to them.
Cute name, but ugh, bad for those who are going to search for this. Will they look for 10100, 10100, 10×100, Project 10 to The 100 or what? None of these bring up the Google project in the top results yet. But just give it time.
Postscript: Google’s posted an official announcement of Project 10×100 here.