7 Reasons 2013 Was the Year of Google (click for full article) by Mashable staff - December 10, 2013 -- Google celebrated its 15th anniversary this year, but showed none of the creeping complacency that have derailed other dominant tech companies. For the search giant, 2013 was simply another year during which it solidified its place in the center of just about every area of the Internet economy. Of the four horsemen of the Internet age along with Apple, Facebook and Amazon (Samsung is angling to be No. 5), Google is the only one to compete in all areas including hardware, social networking, retail, TV and, of course, search. Though it performs better in some areas versus others (ahem, Google Plus), you can't completely count Google out in any of them. Despite this seeming lack of focus, Google has managed to make huge gains this ear. This success was the result of a variety of new products releases and acquisitions, from Google Glass to the Moto X to Chromecast. We've rounded up some of Google's most important moments over the past year that contributed to its exponential rise.