Today’s Google Doodle celebrates its own birthday. September 2018 marks the 21st anniversary of the launch of Google. So at 21 years old, Google is now old enough to drink!
History of Google
In 1995, Page and Brin met at Stanford University while they were graduate students in computer science. By early 1996, the pair started their first search engine project, Backrub. People liked this first search engine project so much that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin begin building Google.
The site was named after a googol—the name for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros—found in the book Mathematics and the Imagination by Edward Kasner and James Newman. For Page and Brin, the huge number was meant to represent the number of results their search engine would catalog.
After failing to find anyone to license the early technology behind Google, they pushed forward by continuing to develop and hosting everything on a tiny budget. By 2001 Google filed its first patent. The patent for PageRank name Larry Page as the inventor.
21 Years Later
Now Google has evolved and grown to a much larger force. In 2015, Google announced its new parent company, Alphabet. Alphabet and its subsidiaries are consistently among the most coveted places to work in Silicon Valley. Alphabet is also one of the highest valued companies in the world.
Somewhere along the line, Google dropped its original unofficial motto of “Don’t Be Evil”. Probably around the time it started tracking everyone in the world and most of their actions online.
That last paragraph was at least somewhat in jest. There have been wide allegations against some of the actions of how Google uses customer data. Some creep and some bordering illegal. We will let you and the courts decide for yourselves. For now, Google and its many products are here to stay. So, Happy Birthday to Google.