It’s not often a company becomes so well-known and central to what we do that it becomes part of our vocabulary.
But that's what Google has become, a company that rules internet traffic with its search engine. It was founded on the idea that it would help peacefully usher in a new era of technology, but now many are wondering whether the supposed gentle, helpful touch of Google is turning more into an iron fist.
However, the company’s “do no evil” mantra has lost its sheen over the past.
Google has won its long running dispute in Australia’s high court but the vindication still carries a price. Then there's the Street View data collection saga that didn't do the company any favours. Despite its altruistic motivations perhaps it’s time to accept the reality that a publicly listed company of Google’s size just can't live up to the lofty ideal of “do no evil”.
So on that thought, today’s infographic (which was created by Singlegrain and sourced from Daily Infographic) contemplates one question: what if Google never existed?
Scroll down and imagine, if you will, a world without Google.