22 years ago today, on September 27, two Stanford PhD students started working on the idea of building a large-scale search engine. That idea project of Larry Page and Sergey Brin is today’s Google. It is now the world’s largest search engine. Google is celebrating its 22nd birthday today, September 27. The world’s largest internet company celebrated its birthday by creating a special doodle.
This year’s doodle has been created on the theme of the ongoing Corona epidemic. Video calling has become important for communication in these times. Many people are making video calls using Google services. The doodle shows that video call on the laptop in front of the capital G letter. Google is showing off the virtual birthday with their 22nd birthday doodle.
Google was born on September 27, 1998. The search engine was started as a project by two computer science students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Now Google has become the most popular search engine in the world and an important part of the Internet. The pair published a research paper on building a large-scale search engine prototype. They wanted to create a website that would allow a comparison of other webpages. It will be based on how many other websites are linked to them.
The word “Google” is actually a misspelling of the mathematical term “googol,” which means “1 followed by 100 zeros.” The story is now that an engineer or student wrote this misspelling instead of the real name. That wrong name comes before the whole world. Why did Larry and Sergey choose this name? They wanted to use this name to refer to the large amount of data that their website will search.
16 facts about Google
1. Both Page and Brin were young when Google was founded. Page was only 22 at the time, and Brin was 21. The name Google originates from a misspelling of the word. Googol (googol) in mathematical calculations means one hundred zeros behind a number. An engineer wrote this misspelling instead of the original name. The wrong name is Google!
2. Google answers over 100 languages and trillions of searches every year. For almost two decades, Google has managed to become a multinational technology company.
3. The first is perhaps not so surprising. Google is the most visited website in the world, which means that most internet users have visited this website at least once. Even in the Bing search engine, Google is the most searched. 4. The name Google actually comes from a misspelling of the mathematical term googol, which means 1 followed by 100 zeros. The story is now that an engineer or student wrote this misspelling instead of the real name. That wrong name comes before the whole world. Why did Larry and Sergey choose this name? With this name, they wanted to understand that their website would search the vast database.
5. The first Google Doodle, an image used on Google’s home page to commemorate an important event or day, was created in 1998 to celebrate a festival called Burning Man. The founders of Google thought that, through this, they would tell why they were absent from the office.
6. Some of Google’s most memorable doodles are for the discovery of water on the moon and to celebrate John Lennon’s 70th birthday. John Lennon’s doodle was also the first video doodle.
7. The first Google server was housed in a custom case made of Lego.
8. Google’s headquarters is known as Googleplex and is located in Silicon Valley, California.
9. The Googleplex has a giant statue of a T-Rex dinosaur, which is often seen perched on top of numerous plastic pink flamingos. Rumor has it that this is a warning to employees to never let Google disappear.
10. Google headquarters is huge and has lots of green space inside. Lawnmower machines are not used here to cut the grass. For this, Google hired goats from outside.
11. Google is the first major tech company to serve free meals to its employees. Additionally, employees are allowed to bring their pets to the office.
12. Jennifer Lopez’s green dress at the 2000 Grammy Awards served as an inspiration for Google Image Search, which debuted in 2001. It became the most popular search on Google.
13. Google’s own e-mail service, Gmail, was announced on April 1, 2004, or April Fools’ Day. Many thought it was actually a joke.
14. Google as a verb (meaning to Google) was first included in the dictionary in 2006. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, googling means ‘using the Google search engine to search for information on the World Wide Web’.
15. YouTube became a member of the Google family in 2006. Google bought YouTube for more than one and a half billion dollars.
16. A Google engineer once ‘crashed’ the internet system in 2009. He accidentally added the forward slash symbol to Google’s blocked website registry. Since almost every website has the symbol, no website was accessible online at that time.