3 Popular Web Services That Are Actually Owned by Google

Ben Stegner 30-03-2018

Have you ever wondered what services are from Google? With such a huge company like it is, keeping track of exactly what Google owns is tough.


Google is more than just Google. Here are some popular services you likely use every day but may not have realized were owned by Google.


CAPTCHAs are those little widgets that ask you to type a few words, usually when posting a comment or signing up for a service. They serve to prevent bots from spamming websites. Google acquired reCAPTCHA in 2009, offering a better implementation than standard CAPTCHAs for two reasons.

First, it’s less annoying for people to solve as it allows suspected humans to complete it by just checking a box. Second, it helps improve Google services because the reCAPTCHA prompts you to enter text from street signs in Google Street View. It once had users transcribe books as well.

2. Blogger

Running your own blog How Do I Start a Blog as Quickly as Possible? Starting a blog is an incredibly gratifying, rewarding, and feasible endeavor. With a bevy of content management system (CMS) options, hosting alternatives, and blogging resources, starting a blog has never been easier. Read More is fun, but hosting and building a website might deter some. Blogger, bought by Google in 2003, makes it simple to get your own blog running. Selecting a theme and getting started is easy for newcomers, and you can even put ads on your blog to make some money.

3. YouTube

One of Google’s best-known properties, YouTube is the world’s largest video site. In fact, it’s the second-most popular site in the world behind only Google itself.


YouTube started in early 2005 when three former PayPal employees created it. Google bought the site in late 2006. Nowadays, users watch a billion hours of YouTube content every day.

Of course, this is a very limited look at all the services Google provides. Major offerings also include Google Translate, Chrome, Android, Google+, and more. Check out a much longer list of Google services Google's Most Interesting: Apps, Projects, and Services You Must Know About Google always has dozens of projects going at any given time and it can be hard to keep track of them all. Here are the most interesting ones that you should be aware of. Read More if you’re interested in learning more.

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  1. Thunder Sky
    March 31, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    I think people would be happy to not see any article on MakeUseOf than to read articles like this.

    People haven't come from other planets that they don't know about these services. I would like to know are there any Internet users on the planet who doesn't know that these services are owned by Google?

  2. Adyel
    March 31, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Who TF does not know those are not Google-owned service. What a waste of click :|

    • Adyel
      March 31, 2018 at 11:32 am

      OMG, I wanted to say "Who TF does not know those are Google-owned service". "Not" was a typo. Also, I noticed there is no edit option for comment :|

  3. Armakuni
    March 30, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Sorry but who needs an article like this? You're not telling anything new.