Planet Google: One Company's Audacious Plan To Organize Everything We Know (2008)
Planet Google: One Company's Audacious Plan To Organize Everything We Know (2008)
3.53 of 5 Votes: 5
141654691X (ISBN13: 9781416546917)
Free Press
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This books gives a lot of the early history of Google and the development of its search algorithms. It also talks about several of Google's forays into other areas such as Gmail and attempting to scan all books ever printed. It discusses concerns over privacy and other topical issues relating to internet search engines and the internet in general.It's a good read but now dated (came out in 2008, I believe) so I give it 3 stars instead of 4.Worth looking for an inexpensive used copy or in a library. I found this book via a great magazine article written by the same author on a different topic (an annual grand award process for small start-up companies; the article was extracted from the book "The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Exclusive School for Startups", which I haven't yet read). Randall Stross has written a few different books on technology companies and writes for the New York Times. "Planet Google" tells the tale of the evolution of the company and delves into details on specific areas where Google has focused, with the emphasis generally being on "Search" capabilities. The author ties the activities together to "tell a story", which provides much better insight into the company than reading the snippets that pop up in the news could ever do. The down side is that the book is now almost 5 years old and I would love to have the story told to me in the same way for the period covering the past five years!Really recommend this book. It is a very interesting read.
A must-read company profile for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs.
Precise information provides a clear view inside the search giant.
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