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It’s Our 2nd Anniversary! Woohoo!

By jameszol
Published on October 31, 2007

Yes, semvironment is 2 years old today - whew, we’re now into our terrible two’s year! :)

A few of our major accomplishments are yet to come…we look forward to a VERY monumental year.

Let’s see what Google and Yahoo! were doing when they were two:

Google - it was the year 2000. Here are some excerpts from their history page ( :

While computers on the desktops were fully powered, the desks themselves were wooden doors held up by pairs of sawhorses. Lava lamps began sprouting like multi-hued mushrooms.

The informal atmosphere bred both collegiality and an accelerated exchange of ideas.

Google’s features and performance attracted new users at an astounding rate. The broad appeal of Google search became apparent when the site was awarded both a Webby Award and a People’s Voice Award for technical achievement in May 2000. Sergey’s and Larry’s five-word acceptance speech: “We love you, Google users!” The following month, Google officially became the world’s largest search engine with its introduction of a billion-page index – the first time so much of the web’s content had been made available in a searchable format.

To extend the power of our keyword-targeted advertising to smaller businesses, we introduced AdWords, a self-service ad program that could be activated online with a credit card in a matter of minutes.

As 2000 ended, Google was already handling more than 100 million search queries a day — and continued to look for new ways to connect people with the information they needed, whenever and wherever they needed it.

Yahoo! - it was the year 1996. Here are some excerpts from their time line page (

Yahoo! becomes a publicly owned company.

Yahoo!’s first TV commercial airs, and the “Do You Yahoo!?” tagline is introduced.

Yahoo! News is birthed by aggregated news page created by Yahoo! co-founder.

Yahoo!’s traffic reaches one billion page views.

Wow, lot’s of major milestones were reached during Google and Yahoo!’s second years - we expect to reach our major milestones in the upcoming year.

In fact, we just met with a stellar team of advisors today. We’ll post our takeaways from THAT meeting tomorrow!

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