Google Celebrates 10th Birthday 10×100

Googles 10x100 (Source: GoogleBlogoscoped)

Google's 10x100 (Source: GoogleBlogoscoped)

As previously written about in my article Google’s 10th Birthday, it’s hard to really know the day b/c it changes year to year. The only way to really know is by finding some piece of evidence on Google itself, whether it be a Google logo decorated with cake and candles…or as Google finally acknowledges turning 10 this month with a special Google 10th Birthday page with many new features as explained on Google Blogoscoped article Google’s Project 10 to the 100:

“As part of their 10 year anniversary – in 1998, Andy Bechtolsheim made out a $100,000 check to Google Inc. – Google released an interactive time line of the company history. Danny Sullivan’s 1998 look at Google, linked from the time line, is worth a read.*

Google also starts off something called Project 10100, a contest in which you should submit your idea of how to help the most people in the world. You need to assign a category to your idea, like community, energy, health and education. Later on, 100 selected ideas will be voted on publicly to find 20 semi-finalists, of which 5 will then be selected as finalists, and Google promises to commit “$10 million to implement these projects” (what you win is not a prize for yourself but, as Google puts it, “the satisfaction of knowing that your idea might truly help a lot of people”). The deadline for submitting an idea is October 20th, and you may use a video to supplement your proposal, Google says.

“Why the name 10 to the power of 100? One reason is that this number is a googol, a 1 followed by 100 zeroes, that number which Google says gave the company its name.”

But, again, the day is yet to be determined. I keep my eyes peeled daily for any changes in the Google logo. SearchEngineLand predicts it to land on September 27th in their article Google Is 10 Years Old? Finding The Real Google Birthday. “Google’s been putting them up [the logos] consistently since 2002. The first year, it happened on September 27, then shifted to September 7, then back to September 27 from 2005 onward. I’d expect to see a special ninth birthday logo showing up on the 27th of this month.”

Here’s an attached video about Google 10×100 as published by Google on Youtube:

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This post was written by Joshua Russak on September 24, 2008

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3 Comments so far

  1. William J(Bill) Schneider January 30, 2009 1:37 pm

    I submitted an idea to Google 10 X 100 and asked to be notified when public voting would begin. I never heard any more about finalists or when public voting began.
    Can you advise me as to what happened?

  2. Jennifer June 5, 2009 8:55 am

    Hello. It is now June, and the winner (or at least the top 10 candidates) of this contest was supposed to be revealed by March. Instead, when you go to their website, google states that they are still reviewing all the ideas. Three months (and counting) seems like a long time to complete this task. Was this a real contest?… Or maybe just a publicity stunt? Has anyone been keeping up with this?

  3. heather November 22, 2009 4:52 am

    it wos not very good it sod inprove and it cood be beter for yong kids

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