The Monopoly of Google [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 27, 2015

10:00 pm

Founded in 1996 and launched in 1998, Google has grown significantly – moving beyond its initial goals of online search. From creating its own unique kinds of hardware like Google Glass, to launching its own wireless phone service, Project Fi, Google has gone from simple search to a company focused on touching upon almost every aspect of the tech industry. In a recent infographic titled The Monopoly of Google, we can get a glimpse of every major projects that Google has committed itself to since its 1996.

Apropos of its title, The Monopoly of Google is laid out much like the classic Monopoly game, and looks at the many significant iniatives that the company has pursued since its founding. For instance, there’s the introduction of Gmail in 2004, and the launch of Chromecast in 2013.

Marcus Oakes – the person who created the infographic – states that “with a foot in countless industries, it’s no wonder why they are becoming a monopoly in the world of technology.” That’s pretty inaccurate description, honestly, and shows a complete lack of knowledge of what the word “monopoly” actually means. Sure, while Google has far exceeded its goals within just the online search market – with more than 1.1 billion unique visitors per month (nearly 70 percent of the world’s online searches) – it is by no means the only option for consumers nor is it pushing competitors out through aggressive tactics (or any tactics). Rather, Google is constantly attempting to find new ways to improve the lives of consumers through different sectors of tech because it’s grown to a point where they have the resources to devote to finding those solutions.

The Monopoly of Google infographic is definitely informative, but I think it could be improved if Oakes actually put some thought on the placement of certain initiatives/projects. For instance, I think things should’ve have been placed around the board per their value to the company today or per its relevance to today’s consumers. I mean, things like YouTube and Android should really be in the royal blue neighborhood, right? Why place them in Connecticut and Vermont Avenue spaces when they should really belong to Park Place and Boardwalk?

Whatever. You can check out the full infographic below:

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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