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Format:
Title:
Google it : a history of Google
ISBN:
9781250148223
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Feiwel and Friends, [2018]
Physical Description:
231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents:
Sergey Brin -- Larry Page.

Part 1: Frenemies + Homework + Legos = Google?. A cold, hard, Google-less world ; Frenemies: Fight@1stSight ; Sergey Brin ; Larry Page ; Homework ; Backlinks ; Beg, borrow, stalk ; Gates 360 office tour ; The long-lost nightmare: search before Google ; PageRank ; Liftoff ; Let me give you a little advice ... ; #Spelling ; Grad school dropouts ; America's most misspelled words ; Google World Headquarters ; The power of the (almost) blank page ; Don't mind if I doo-dle ; Rules are for breaking ; Let's make a deal ; Read my mind ; Y2K ; Google News ; Rallying cry ; Perhaps advertising isn't as evil as we thought ... ; Scale ; Google Shopping ; Parental supervision ; Show me the money ; Going once, going twice, sold! ; Rank 2.0 ; The picture that launched a thousand lines of code -- Part 2: Google it!. Googler (person who works at Google) ; Life as a Googler ; Give /100/ 20 percent ; TGIF ; Google World Headquarters (for real) ; Google Books ; That's no joke! ; A Google-y mess ; GOOG ; Google Earth ; Troubled waters ; Barrier broken ; Verb ; Verb+ ; Life before Google Maps ; YouTube ; Going mobile ; Maps + gaming = gold, I tell you. GOLD! ; Beyond search: the recipe for alphabet soup ; A is for Alphabet ; All (almost) impossible code challenge -- Part 3: Impossible goal + attempt (+/-success) = moonshot ; A healthy disregard for the impossible ; The brain ; Robots + AI = The robots are coming! The robots are coming! ; Send in the cars ; Not to drone on ... but! ; Wear it! ; Could I get some assistance? ; U Is for UFO ; Shoot for the Moon ; Eternal life: the final frontier ; Verily we go along ; The more we change, the more we stay the same.
Summary:
Think. Invent. Organize. Share. Don't be evil. And change the world. Larry Page and Sergey Brin started out as two Stanford college students with a wild idea: They were going to organize the world's information. From that one deceptively simple goal, they created one of the most influential and innovative companies in the world. The word "google" has even entered our vocabulary as a verb. Now, find out the true history of Google from its humble beginnings as a thesis project made out of "borrowed" hardware and discount toys through its revolution of the world's relationship with technology to a brief glimpse of where they might take us next. In Google It, award-winning investigative reporter Anna Crowley Redding shares an inspiring story of innovation, personal and intellectual bravery, and most importantly, of shooting for the moon in order to change the world.
Reading Level:
Ages 12-18.
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Summary

Think. Invent. Organize. Share. Don't be evil. And change the world.Larry Page and Sergey Brin started out as two Stanford college students with a wild idea: They were going to organize the world's information. From that one deceptively simple goal, they created one of the most influential and innovative companies in the world. The word "google" has even entered our vocabulary as a verb. Now, find out the true history of Google--from its humble beginnings as a thesis project made out of "borrowed" hardware and discount toys through its revolution of the world's relationship with technology to a brief glimpse of where they might take us next. Award-winning investigative reporter Anna Redding shares an inspiring story of innovation, personal and intellectual bravery, and most importantly, of shooting for the moon in order to change the world.


Author Notes

Before diving into the deep end of writing for children, Anna Redding's first career was as an Emmy-award winning investigative television reporter, anchor, and journalist. The recipient of multiple Edward R. Murrow awards and recognized by the Associated Press for her reporting, Redding now focuses her stealthy detective skills on digging up great stories for kids-which, as it turns out, is her true passion.


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-This readable and breezy history of the tech behemoth begins with the 1995 meeting of cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University, where Google (initially called BackRub) began as their doctoral thesis. Short chapters dip back to Page's and Brin's childhoods, then rapidly trace the company's time line to the present, providing ample context, which is particularly important, given that the intended audience is likely to need some background on business and tech concepts and to imagine how life was before Google. Well-placed images, callouts, and short interstitial chapters ("Not To Drone on, but.") add humor, clarify noteworthy points, and underscore the strong sense of pacing. Although the consistently cheerful tone is inviting and contributes to ease of reading, it also glosses over some more problematic aspects of Google and Alphabet, its umbrella company. Recent news about YouTube (an Alphabet subsidiary) has ranged from disheartening to disturbing, while controversy has swirled regarding Google's handling of diversity initiatives. Difficult issues, such as the compromise with the Chinese government over censorship, are mentioned, but Redding stops short of questioning whether Google has strayed from its famous ethical motto: "Don't be evil." Instead Page, Brin, and Google are cast as central (and largely sympathetic) figures in a narrative of conquest. VERDICT An appealing and timely look at a universally relevant subject and a good fit for STEAM-related reading lists.-Miriam DesHarnais, Towson University, MD © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

This enthusiastic history of Google starts with Larry Page and Sergey Brin as Stanford doctoral candidates then clearly and comprehensively traces the company's growth and diversification. Emphasizing Google's motto, "Don't be evil," the conversational text celebrates the company's revolutionary products, business model, and work culture. This book is timely, given Google's pervasiveness. Photographs, archival screenshots, and sidebar anecdotes are scattered throughout. Bib. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* This is an entertaining history of how Google, now almost 20 years old, has become so ubiquitous in many lives. Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin. began a PhD thesis project (initially called BackRub!) to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Eventually, it evolved into Google, and this book covers further innovations, from Google Doodle to Google Home and Google's project expansion into space travel, health, and ways to prolong life. One of the newest projects is a balloon-powered internet for areas lacking an internet infrastructure. Some innovations have failed (remember Google Glass?), and their success hasn't been without controversy. Some authors believed Google Books was a copyright infringement, while Gmail led people to question privacy issues. Google was criticized for allowing China to censor certain searches until Google redirected those users to another site. Investigative journalist Redding does an admirable job of chronicling the co-creators' amazing successes and will inspire young people to follow in their ingenious footsteps. It's more comprehensive than other books for young readers about Google's founders, with energetically written short chapters, interesting facts, graphics, and photos, although it does lack an index. The sky is the limit on what this fantastically innovative company can achieve.--Rawlins, Sharon Copyright 2010 Booklist


Table of Contents

Part 1 Frenemies + Homework + Leges = Google?
Chapter 1 A Cold, Hard, Google-less Worldp. 02
Frenemies: Fight@1stSightp. 6
Sergey Brinp. 9
Larry Pagep. 12
Chapter 2 Homeworkp. 14
Backlinksp. 18
Beg, Borrow, Stalkp. 21
Gates 360 Office Tourp. 24
Chapter 3 The Long-Lost Nightmare: Search Before Googlep. 26
Page Rankp. 29
Liftoffp. 32
Let Me Give You a Little Advicep. 34
Chapter 4 #Spellingp. 36
Grad School Dropoutsp. 40
America's Most Misspelled Wordsp. 46
Chapter 5 Google world Headquartersp. 48
The Power of the (Almost) Blank Pagep. 54
Don't Mind if I Doo-dlep. 58
Chapter 6 Rules Are for Breakingp. 60
Let's Make a Dealp. 64
Read My Mindp. 66
Chapter 7 Y2Kp. 68
Google Newsp. 73
Chapter 8 Ballying Cryp. 76
Perhaps Advertising Isn't as Evil as We Thoughtp. 80
Scalep. 84
Google Shoppingp. 86
Chapter 9 Parental Supervisionp. 88
Show Me the Moneyp. 93
Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!p. 95
Rank 2.0p. 98
The Picture that Launched a Thousand Lines of Codep. 99
Part 2 Google it!
Chapter 10 Googler (Person Who Works at Google)p. 102
Life as a Googlerp. 105
Give 100 20 Percentp. 106
TGIFp. 108
Google World Headquarters (for Real)p. 110
Google Booksp. 115
Chapter 11 That's No Joke!p. 120
A Google-y Messp. 125
Googp. 128
Google Earthp. 131
Chapter 12 Troubled Watersp. 134
Barrier Brokenp. 138
Chapter 13 Verbp. 142
Verb+p. 146
Life Before Google Mapsp. 148
Chapter 14 You Tubep. 152
Going Mobilep. 163
Maps + Gaming = Gold, I Tell You. Gold!p. 164
Chapter 15 Beyond Search: The Recipe for Alphabet Soupp. 168
A Is for Alphabetp. 173
An (Almost) Impossible Code Challengep. 176
Part 3 Impossible Goal + Attempt (+/- Success) = Moonshot
Chapter 16 A Healthy Disregard for the Impossiblep. 180
The Brainp. 184
Robots + AI = The Robots Are Coming! The Robots Are Coming!p. 188
Chapter 17 Send In the Carsp. 190
Not to Drone On...But!p. 196
Chapter 18 Wear It!p. 198
Could I Get Some Assistance?p. 203
Chapter 19 U Is for UFOp. 206
Shoot for the Moonp. 211
Eternal Life: The Final Frontierp. 216
Verily We Go Alongp. 218
Chapter 20 The More We Change, the More We Stay the Samep. 220
Source Notesp. 224
Bibliographyp. 225
Acknowledgmentsp. 231