As part of their 10 year anniversary â€“ in 1998, Andy Bechtolsheim made out a $100,000 check to Google Inc. â€“ Google released an interactive time line of the company history. Danny Sullivanâ€™s 1998 look at Google, linked from the time line, is worth a read.*
Google also starts off something calledÂ 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 â€œ$10 million to implement these projectsâ€ (what you win is not a prize for yourself but, as Google puts it, â€œthe satisfaction of knowing that your idea might truly help a lot of peopleâ€). 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.*
*Danny writes, â€œSo how about the results? I think many people will be pleased, especially for the ever-popular single and two-word queries. A search for â€™bill clintonâ€™ brought the White House site up at number one. A search for â€™disneyâ€™ top-ranked disney.com, and sections within it like Disney World, the Disney Channel, and Walt Disney Pictures. Yet interesting alternative sites, such as Wernerâ€™s Unofficial Disney Park Links, also made it on the list.â€
**Another name for googol is ten duotrigintillion,Â Wikipedia writes, and a googol is â€œgreater than the number of atoms in the observable universe.â€ A googolplex on the other hand is a 1 followed by one googol zeroes. Wikipedia says â€œphysicist and broadcast personality Carl Sagan estimated that writing a googolplex in numerals … would be physically impossible, since doing so would require more space than the known universe occupies.â€