As search engines go, in other words, Google has clearly been a runaway success. Not only is its own site the most popular for search on the web, but it also powers the search engines of major portals, such as Yahoo! and AOL. All told, 75% of referrals to websites now originate from Google’s algorithms. That is power.
Part of Google’s charm was that it grew so successfully and yet stayed a private company. Well, not for too much longer.