Friday, September 27, 2013

HAPPY 15TH BIRTHDAY TO GOOGLE!!!


Fifteen years ago this month, two Stanford grad students founded a company called Google, named after the mathematical term googol, which represents the number one followed by a hundred zeros. Today’s Google Doodle, a keyboard piƱata game, commemorates the big day.

The company that Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded was actually established on September 7, 1998, but the official “birthday” was later switched to September 27, as noted by SearchEngineLand’s Danny Sullivan. Before the search tool had even launched at google.com, Page told Sullivan, “I’d like to build a service where the priority is on giving users great results.”

Fifteen years later — after expanding to everything from email to mobile operating systems to a quest to conquer death — Google has changed the technology landscape forever. And it still boasts a whopping 66.9% marketshare among search engines in the U.S., according to ComScore’s latest rankings.

As for Doodles, the special logos have been around since Aug. 30, 1998. The first Doodle was created when Page and Sergey Brin attended the Burning Man festival. The first Google Doodle celebrating their birthday appeared on Sept. 27, 2002, for their fourth birthday.

Let’s celebrate!

p.s. For some extra fun, try typing “google in 1998″ in the google search box to see how far the company has come.

Here’s a look back at Google birthday Doodles through the years:

Sept. 27, 2010

Sept. 27, 2009

Sept. 27, 2008

Sept. 27, 2007

Sept. 27, 2006

Sept. 27, 2005

Sept. 27, 2004

Sept. 27, 2003

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