Google Launches Browser Buttons

Google Search and GoogleScout Buttons Provide Convenient One-Click Access For Finding Information and Navigating the Web from Any Website

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – February 29, 2000 – Google Inc., one of the fastest growing search destinations on the World Wide Web, today announced Google Browser Buttons, a set of new browser tools that integrate Googles powerful search capabilities seamlessly into the toolbar of most web browsers.

The new Google Browser Buttons, available at, give users easy one-click access to Google search and related links capabilities. The Google Search and GoogleScout buttons work with existing browsers and offer several ways to quickly search the web. With the Google Search button, users simply highlight text on any web page, and then click the Google Search button to see search results. The GoogleScout button delivers a continuous supply of suggested websites that are related to a web page. Both buttons can be used from any web page and will automatically return a list of high-quality and relevant search results from Googles own search listings.

Google Browser Buttons are free and take seconds to install into the browser toolbar of any Windows 95/NT/98, Netscape Navigator/Communicator (4.0+), Microsoft Internet Explorer (4.0+), Macintosh, Linux, or Unix browser. Step-by-step instructions for all operating systems can be found at

The new tools provide immediate access to Google’s award-winning advanced search technology, which delivers desired results with speed and precision.

"Google Browser Buttons are designed to provide a convenient, no-hassle way for users to take Google and GoogleScout with them as they travel the web," said Larry Page, Google CEO and co-founder. "With Google’s browser tools, users get one-click access to the same quality search and search experience as they would at, all without having to leave a web page."

Google’s award-winning search engine was named to Time magazine’s "Best Cybertech of 1999" list and received the 1999 PC Magazine Technical Excellence Award in the Internet Infrastructure: Web Applications category. In addition, Yahoo! Internet Life named Google the Best Search Engine Site in its recent "100 Best Sites for 2000" issue, and Smart Computing magazine included Google as one of its "50 Hot Technologies" in its January 2000 issue. The Google search engine also ranked first overall in a third-party survey of search and portal users in the last quarter of 1999. The competitive survey, conducted by NPD Online Research, found that Google ranked first overall among 13 leading search and portal sites in user satisfaction and loyalty. Google’s remarkably strong debut performance in the industrywide survey positions it as one of the most highly regarded destinations on the Internet today.

About Google Inc.

Google was founded in 1998 by Stanford University Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin to create a new generation of powerful, scalable search engine products to improve the user experience of searching the web. Based on four years of advanced research in computer science, Google is dedicated to providing the best user search experience by delivering a powerful, yet simple-to-use format for finding the most relevant answers to search queries.

Google currently offers search solutions through its own destination site at The company also offers co-branded web search and site search solutions for information content providers. Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., is privately held. Its funding partners include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. More information about Google can be found on the company’s website at

Google is a play on the word googol, which was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, to represent the figure 1 followed by 100 zeroes. Google’s use of the term reflects the immense amount of information available on the web.


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