Happy Birthday Google! I join the rest of the world to celebrate the birthday of my best friend. Yea, Google is my friend. I’m sure you’ve come across the phrase “Google is your friend”, said when someone thinks you’re too lazy to use Google before asking a question. Google was a lifesaver back in school. Learnt so many things using products from Google. Still rely heavily on them as blogger, I can’t do without Google.
The second most valuable brand on the planet kinda turns 18 today. The American Tech Company has the number 1 search engine in the world and has grown into offering several Internet-related services and products that include online advertising technologies, cloud computing, and software.
When is Google’s Birthday?
Google’s actual birthday date is still confusing as the company has shifted dates around but currently celebrates September 27th as its birthday. The exact year of Google’s “birth” depends on how you measure it.
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin first met at Stanford in 1995. In January of 1996, the Google founders started working on a new search engine called BackRub. The search engine was renamed Google, and the algorithm it employed was named PageRank. The Web domain www.google.com was registered in 1997, but Google officially opened for business in September of 1998. So we’ve got 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998 as potential Google start dates.
Typically, google makes use of the 1998 official google enterprise release date to calculate their age in years. The official day Google started is september 7th.
How it Started
Larry Page began the project as his doctoral thesis. The idea was to crawl and rank search results based loosely on the idea of “citation,” which is mainly an academic currency.
He worked on this new search engine as a way to translate the idea of citation count into the growing World Wide Web. In fact, the idea to make it a “search engine” occurred after the project evolved. Originally he was interested in graphing the World Wide Web, and then both Page and Brin realized that this would make a fantastic consumer search engine.
BackRub, as search engine was called used an innovative new approach to finding pages ranked by relevancy. The search engine was renamed Google, and the algorithm it employed was named PageRank. Sergey Brin was excited by the idea and partnered with Page to develop the new engine. The project got so big that it started bringing Stanford’s network to its knees.
Page and Brin were persuaded to drop out of grad school and try launching Google as a startup. (Google is a name that comes as a play on the word “googol,” which is a number represented by a one followed by a hundred zeros.)
Google is part of Alphabet, which is a collection of companies (all the things that were previously just called Google). Google previously included a large number of seemingly unrelated projects, from a search engine to self-driving cars. Currently Google, Inc just includes the products related to Android, Google Search, YouTube, Google Ads, Google Apps, and Google Maps. The self-driving cars, Google Fiber, and Nest the moved to separate companies under Alphabet.
Below are Infographics that visually illustrates Google’s Journey so far.
History of Google I/O | Infographic Maker
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