Posted September 8, 2008 8:45 am by with 17 comments

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Happy Birthday to You; Happy Birthday to You; Happy Birthday Dear Google; Happy…

You get the point. Google just celebrated its tenth birthday and the LA Times put on the party hats and invited Marissa Mayer over for some birthday cake and a chat. During a Q&A session, Mayer reveals that Google is almost done figuring out search…

I think there will be a continued focus on innovation, particularly in search. Search is an unsolved problem. We have a good 90 to 95% of the solution, but there is a lot to go in the remaining 10%.

Putting aside the bold claim that Google has solved 95% of the search "problem"–I’d argue there’s plenty more than 10% innovation left–the search engine should be on track to completely solve search by the start of 2010. After all, it’s running at 9% a year right now. 😉

OK, I’ll remove my tongue from my cheek now. If you want to get an insight as to what Google’s focus will be over the next ten years, check out the interview.

Happy Birthday Google!

  • iPod Fan

    I manage to find everything I need on the internet so search is good enough for me as it is. Kidding aside, I can still see a lot of development in search happening over the next few years. There is more and more information readily available which will need more and more sofisticated programs to allow the user to find it quickly and easily.

    Happy birthday G!


  • Joe Hall

    I am really confused here. What problem are they talking about and how do they gauge their success????????

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  • Heini van Bergen

    Pfff, that almost sounds kind of arrogant and that’s not what I’m used to from Google (no cynic tone here).

    I guess if you ask Larry or Sergey they won’t give you the same answer…

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  • San Nayak

    Happy B’day Google..

    I was expecting some clear plans on how google is going to tackle with search challenges but i think there is non in the interview.

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  • Otilia @ Ad Ops Online

    If anything, I like Google search less and less, but I still have no viable alternative so I stick to it. It looks like it’s moving towards better serving the internet-challenged consumers than the savvy ones, and the nauseating suggestions I get sometimes (“did you mean…”) are just plain bad. Just my $0.02…

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  • SEO forums

    You can still get the 100% search satisfaction, if you know how to use Google.

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  • Nicole Price

    What problems?

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  • Nick Stamoulis

    Wow, 10 years already? World domination by 15?

  • Ami Ohayon

    It always surprises me how few people (outside of the SEM/SEO world) know how to use Google properly.

    I agree with SEO forums; if you know what you’re doing you can find pretty much anything you want with Google.

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  • House Signs

    Happy b’day Google. Big Boy now you 10! double figures.

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  • Utah SEO Pro

    ::coughs:: B.S. You have longer than that Google.

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  • Otooo

    I don’t see a “big problem”
    I do however see minor tweaks and improvements in the ranking system and such

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  • Tiffany

    Google is arrogant…But seeing wht they reached in 10 years, I must admit that diserve for that. Can’t imagine what will they do in next 5 years…

  • Goran Web Design

    I think Google will achieve their goal. Thye’ll pull it off by 2010. I have that much faith in them.

  • House Signs

    I think 2010 is a bit optimistic, however I do believe in them.

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