Google - How Old Are You and Who Are
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Google, who are you?
Google, in full Google LLC formerly Google Inc., American search engine company, founded in 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, that is a subsidiary of the holding company Alphabet Inc. More than 70 percent of worldwide online search requests are handled by Google, placing it at the heart of most Internet users’ experience. Its headquarters are in Mountain View, California.
Google began as an online search firm, but it now offers more than 50 Internet services and products, from e-mail and online document creation to software for mobile phones and tablet computers. In addition, its 2012 acquisition of Motorola Mobility put it in the position to sell hardware in the form of mobile phones. Google’s broad product portfolio and size make it one of the top four influential companies in the high-tech marketplace, along with Apple, IBM, and Microsoft. Despite this myriad of products, its original search tool remains the core of its success. In 2016 Alphabet earned nearly all of its revenue from Google advertising based on users’ search requests.
When is Google’s birthday?
Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin on September 4, 1998. It was founded when both of them were Ph.D. students at Stanford University, California.
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In fact, the Google doodle history dates back to 1998, the year Google was founded. The very first Google doodle was that of the Burning-Man event in Black Rock City, Nevada. Over the years, Google doodles have been innovative and entertaining. For instance, the Google doodle released during the Tokyo Olympics involved a game for people to explore.
To note, Google was founded on September 4, 1988. For the initial seven years, Google observed its birthday on this date. But later, Google shifted its birthday to today, September 27, to coincide with the announcement of the record number of pages that this search engine was indexing. Since then, Google has been celebrating September 27 as its birthday, and now it's been 23 years.
|Google first celebrated its birthday on September 7 in 2005. This was followed by Google's birthday on September 8 and September 26. However, on September 27, the company searched its search engine for a record number page, and so far the company is celebrating its birthday on the same day. The search engine Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students from Stanford University in California. Larry Page and Sergey Brin had named it 'Backrub' before Google officially launched it, although it later became Google. |
In 1997, Google co-founder Sergey Brin met other co-founders Larry Page. Brin is said to have been a graduate student at Stanford University at the time while Larry Page was considering graduating from the same university. You must all know that the Google, founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, is the most widely used search engine globally today. Its current CEO is Sundar Pichai, who took over on October 24, 2015.
|The name “Google” is a play on the mathematical term “googol”, which is represented by the number 1 followed by a hundred zeroes.|
How Google Search Result Looked like in 1998 When it was launched?
Google Search Result looked in a different way when it was launched. You can have a look at the image below to know how it used to show the search result when Google was officially launched.
Why Google Celebrates its Birthday on September 27 when it was launched on September 4?
Google has been confused itself about the birthday celebration. Google was founded on September 4, 1998, but Google has celebrated its birthday on 4 different dates; 7th, 8th, 26th, and 27 September, and even Google Confirmed it in 2013. The first Birthday Doodle was released on September 27, 2002 when Google was celebrating its 4th Birthday. Google celebrated its 5th Birthday on September 8, 2003, the 6th birthday was celebrated on September 7, 2004, and the 7th Google Birthday Doodle was released on September 26, 2005. Finally, Google chose September 27 and this has been Google’s Birthday date since 2006. So don’t get confused between its foundation and birthday.
Google’s first iteration was named “BackRub”
Brin and Page’s fascination with word play started in 1995, when they launched a project called “BackRub”
It was a search engine that stemmed from Page’s curiosity with backlinks, or the how one web page links to any other web page (for example, the same way a bibliography “links” one piece of work to many other pieces of work). In 1997, they renamed their search engine Google, “a play on the mathematical expression for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros,” the company says, reflecting their mission to organize the world’s information.
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The name “Google" is actually a wordplay on the mathematical term ‘googol’ which is represented by the number 1 followed by hundred zeroes. The name was chosen because the founders wanted to organise a “seemingly infinite amount of information on the web.”
|Founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who met by chance, had initially christened the search engine BackRub. In case, you are wondering why, it is believed that “BackRub” was nothing but a nod to retrieving backlinks – Page and Brin’s original research project.|
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Little-Known Facts about Google
Banned in China
Though Google owns nearly 88.6 per cent of the total search engine market in the world, it’s among the many websites that are banned by the Chinese government.
Google's first tweet
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Google announced its arrival on microblogging site Twitter in February 2009 with a Tweet in binary. The company Tweeted, “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010." - which simply translates to “I’m feeling lucky".
The first Google headquarters was in a garage
Similar to Apple and Amazon, Page and Brin used some of their investors’ money to open up Google’s first headquarters: a garage-turned-office space in Menlo Park, California. The space was part of a house owned by Susan Wojcicki, who later became a Google senior VP and is now the CEO of YouTube. Brin would go on to marry Wojcicki’s sister Anne, who would found 23andMe.
The company notes that the old headquarters had clunky desktop computers, a ping pong table and bright blue carpet that “set the scene for those early days and late nights.” Google’s first server was encased in Lego blocks.
Burning Man inspired Google’s first out of office message
The first Google “Doodle” made it to the search engine’s homepage in 1998, less than a week before the company incorporated. Page and Brin were off to Nevada to attend Burning Man, the nearly week-long music and arts festival which takes place in the Black Rock Desert.
Google launched Gmail on April Fool’s day, No kidding!
Google officially launched Gmail, its mail client on April 1, 2004, and many people thought it to be a prank from the company.
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