Google is celebrating its 21st birthday with a nostalgic image doodle today.
Google was founded by Stanford students Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998.
The world’s largest search engine, serving in more than one hundred and fifty languages is celebrating its birthday with will full enthusiasm.
Larry and Sergey invented Google in their dormitories at Stanford in California. The two had published a paper about launching a prototype of a large-scale search engine.
For its twenty first anniversary, the search engine celebrated with a cartoon of a throwback photo of a bulky computer, which shows a Google search screen, lying on the side on a table with the timestamp of ’98 9 27 written on the right hand corner of the image.
Google’s search engine now indexes hundreds of billions of webpages, but the company has gone from humble beginnings as a search engine to the most dominant force in advertising.
Although initially overshadowed by rival search engines such as Yahoo and Ask Jeeves, Google has grown to become the world’s most popular website, with more than 63,000 searches made every second.
The verb ‘google’, meaning ‘to search for something online’, has become so widely used that it was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary and Oxford English Dictionary in 2006.
Google employee Ryan Germick wrote in 2013 “When is Google’s birthday? I’m not sure even we know.”
He further stated that “there’s some differing opinions about when to bust out the candles and cake, one fun fact is that our first Doodle was posted even before Google was officially incorporated (30 August, 1998 vs 4 September, 1998).”