Google celebrated its 21st birthday with a very special doodle today. The doodle depicted the throwback picture of a bulky computer. The search engine was discovered by two Stanford Ph.D. students, Sergey Brin and Lawrence (Larry) Page, 21 years ago in September 1998.
The tech giant, which is now one of the biggest companies in the world, began as a project by two Computer graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin in their dorm room. Before the discovery of the Google, the two had also developed a search algorithm known as Backrub’. Initially it was named Backrub, later the search engine portal went through a number of developments. After a few years, a company named Sun Microsystems funded Backrub and that’s how Google Inc. began as a legal entity with its first office in California.
In 2001, Google was granted a Patent for its technology and Page was listed as its investor. and the company went public. Over the years, Google released products like Google Docs, Gmail, Google Drive and one of the most-popular web browsers named Google Chrome.
However, the two gained attention on the name Google for their project because it resembled with the name googol which is a mathematical term meaning 10 raised to the power of 100. They wrote about this in their paper too, “We chose our systems name, Google, because it is a common spelling of googol, or 10100 and fits well with our goal of building very large-scale search engines”.
Until 2005 the website celebrated its birthday on September 7. But since 2005, it has marked its birthday on September 8, September 26 and, recently, September 27.
Today, Google operates all over the world in over 100 languages, answering trillions of search queries each year. Google makes and contributes to hundreds of products that are used by billions globally, with over 60,000 employees in 50 countries,