The Google logo

I’m old enough to remember when Google’s motto was “Don’t be evil,” and that actually meant something. Today, the gigantic advertising company, whose primary mission is to absorb all the world’s personal information in order to make ads more effective (and which apparently also operates some type of search engine) has shown that money is far more important to it than respecting users’ privacy and wishes. So I avoid using Google’s products whenever there’s a reasonable alternative, which is most of the time. Anyway, let’s see, what were we celebrating today? Oh, phooey. Yeah. Well, September 7 is the day Google has claimed as its birthday since 1998, although it’s unclear exactly what was supposed to have happened on that date (it reportedly “opened its door,” whatever that means), since the research project that became the Google search engine was started in 1996, the google.com domain was registered on September 15, 1997, and the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998 (by which date the search engine had already been online for some time). So, I recommend celebrating this important, 20-year milestone by searching with DuckDuckGo and actually paying for an email account. You’ll thank me some day.