Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | 9:21 AM
A lot can happen in 10 years.
Thinking back to 2002, there was no such thing as Gmail or YouTube, your mobile phone—if you had one—generally just made phone calls, and "social media" was a phrase that didn’t mean anything to most people. Less than two-thirds of Canadian households had an Internet connection, we were still eight years away from the Vancouver Olympics, and the Toronto Maple Leafs were, well, in the hunt for a Stanley Cup. (Not all things change.)
Ten years ago, Google Canada opened its doors in Toronto, becoming one of the first international Google offices. Since then, we've added Google offices in Kitchener-Waterloo and Montreal, bringing together an incredible team of people who you just might find scrambling up an indoor climbing wall or sliding into their office on any given day of the week.
What a lot of people may not realize is how, over this time, Canada has had a hand in many of the products Canadians love—from the Chrome browser to Gmail for Mobile—or how Canadians themselves are gaining global recognition for the amazing things they're doing on the web, whether they're launching a music career, making us laugh, or discovering new ways to reach out and inspire others online.
We'll be using this blog to share some of these stories from Canada and about Canadians, to make announcements about Google products and events, and to share a glimpse of life at Google in Canada. We’re going to keep it informal, even a little bit fun, with many different Canooglers—Canadian Googlers—posting to the blog.
Most importantly, we hope to hear from you. Send us your feedback on our Google+ page and let us know how we’re doing and what you’d like to know more about.
Here’s to discovering what the next 10 years have in store, and stay tuned for an exciting week ahead!