In late September Google celebrated its 13th birthday! It's hard to believe. I remember when there were five or more major search engines, plus many minor ones. Yahoo, Metacrawler, Altavista, Ask Jeeves, Lycos, Dogpile and many more1.
Now Google IS searching. So much so that we no longer look things up or do a web search, we google it.
That is a very successful 13 years.
1 - Thanks to Barry Schwartz @ http://searchengineland.com/a-look-back-at-the-old-search-engines-25766 for jogging my memory on some old search engines.