Posted September 27, 2007 4:27 pm by with 9 comments

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Share on FacebookBuffer this page 9th birthday logoSo now it’s’s birthday, and apparently it’s 9. Oh, they’re so proud of themselves.

But let me tell ya, kid, just wait till you hit those double digits. Just look at Yahoo—they’re twelve now. Aren’t they awkward? Yeah. The lesson? Enjoy your childhood (and dominance) while it lasts!

The Onion sent a quirky little birthday gift, “reporting” briefly yesterday about Google’s latest endeavor: It’s designed “to appeal to older adults not able to navigate the original website’s single text field and two clearly marked buttons.” Alright, it’s so good, I just have to show you the whole news brief:

“The Google will have all the same information currently found on regular Google, but with the added features of not stealing your credit-card numbers or giving your computer all kinds of viruses,” said Rick Tillich, The Google project director. “All you have to do to turn the website on is put the little blinking line thing in the cyberspace window at the top of the screen, type ‘,’ and press ‘return’—although it will also recognize,, and ‘THEGOOGLE’ typed into a Word document.”

Tillich added that he hopes the site will soon replace Yahoo Internet as the most popular search engine for users over 55.

Good luck!

(If you’re not familiar with The Onion, that’s satire, there. Via.)

  • Happy birthday to the biggest search engine and keep it going.

  • Sounds like the kind of instructions my in-laws would understand. 😉 Gotta love ’em.

  • Ha! Gotta love that onion…Maybe it’s just “older adults” that get the humor in this. Oh wait – I’m an older adult!?

  • Google is 9 years old. In the technology world, 9 years is just plain old. There are dog years but I wonder if there are technology years.

  • Wow .. 9 years huh? I still remember the day a mate of mine told me about this “fantastic new search engine that actually returns what you’re looking for”

    Funny how 9 years have passed and other search engines have either died away or have only just started getting their head around the whole “relevance” issue!

  • I am over 55 and compared to my children and grand children a novice. Yet, I find the release hilarious and at the same time a bit puzzling! Are they for real? I do believe that they do not have to wait to hit two digits. They are already beginning to show their age!

  • Happy birthday lovely Google

  • Happy Birthday to the Big G :D.

  • i dont think google has anything to fear, they have the benefit of learning from other search engines mistakes and if they can get a good foothold in china nothing will stop them.