1 March 2010


Google uses Caernarfon Castle as its background.

To celebrate St David's Day the World's Favourite search engine GOOGLE today used a picture of Caernarfon Castle as its background. The largest search engine in the world regularly uses different themes on its page to celebrate different events but this is the first time our home town has been used.

Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in California. Since its launch GOOGLE has overtaken even Microsoft in search engines popularity. Since 2001, Google has acquired many companies, mainly focusing on small venture capital companies. In 2004, Google acquired Keyhole, Inc.The start-up company developed a product called Earth Viewer that gave a 3-D view of the Earth. Google renamed the service to Google Earth in 2005. Two years later, Google bought the online video site YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock. On 13 April 2007, Google reached an agreement to acquire DoubleClick for $3.1 billion, giving Google valuable relationships that DoubleClick had with Web publishers and advertising agencies. Later that same year, Google purchased GrandCentral for $50 million. The site would later be changed over to Google Voice. On August 5 2009, Google bought out its first public company, purchasing video software maker On2 Technologies for $106.5 million. Most recently, Google acquired Aardvark, a social network search engine, for $50 million.

Using Caernarfon as its background for the day will mean millions of people will see our castle and is a great advert for our town. If you click on Google today, you will be able to see the page until 12 midnight. Make sure you don't miss out.

Caernarfon Online would like to thank Owain Llyr for informing us of this story. - Diolch Owain!



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