The Internet emerged full force a bit over 10 years ago.  Back the there were a multitude of search avenues, there was Dogpile, Metacrawler, Infoseek,  LookSmart , AskJeeves and of course Yahoo.  These are the search engines that I would utilize to find what I needed.  However very soon those search engines slow dwindled away and I started to hear more and more about Google.  Amazingly the creators of Google actually started out with the name Backrub of all things for what is now know as Google.  The word Google actually is a play on the word “googol.”   The word googol is a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros.  This is the origination of the the entity that we know as Google.  That is quite amazing! I don’t know if the original name of Backrub would have had the same effect over a period of time as Google has had.

Well, I am always interested in learning more about the origins of one of the Internet Powerhouses.  For a long time they WERE THE powerhouse, however due to the emergence and popularity of Facebook they have some competition at Internet Powerhouse status.

That leads to the selection of Wednesdays book, which is Planet Google: One company’s Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We know by Randall Stross.  Check out Planet Google