Google’s 20th Birthday is today
Google’s 20th Birthday is celebrated with a cute Doodle on its evolution. It was launched as a search engine to organize the world’s information. Now Google has practically become our go-to portal for all the information we require in our daily life. Google celebrated its 15-year anniversary on September 27, 2013, and in 2016 it celebrated its 18th birthday with an animated Doodle shown on web browsers around the world.
Google has grown larger over the years. Now search options are available in more than 150 languages and over 190 countries-Google is still dedicated to building products for everyone. This year’s Google Doodle features letter-shaped balloons attached to a gift box. At the end of the video, which is sure to make anybody nostalgic, Google thanks its viewers in various different languages. After all, we are all united and drawn closer by Google.
How Google Started?
Twenty years ago two Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, developed a research project to analyzed the relationships among websites. The following year they built an early internet search engine at google.stanford.edu and on September 4, 1998, they launched the service we now take for granted almost every day.
10 Things to Know about Google
1. Google was named as Googol
Google was originally going to be called Googol, because Googol means a number that starts with 1 and is followed by 100 zeroes. This name was assigned because Page and Brin wanted to create something that could organise vast amounts of data. However, people spelled it Google and this name became famous.
2. Google Owns Many Similar Domains
Google knows that people do common typing mistake when typing Google. So, to anticipate these common typos, the search engine owns the domain names like gooogle.com, gogle.com and googlr.com.
3. Google Could have been sold to Yahoo
In the starting age, search engines like AskJeeves and Yahoo were dominating. Google was not making profit much then. In fact, Page and Brin tried to sell the company to Yahoo for $1 million in 1998. Yahoo refused to buy Google. Yahoo turned them down again in 2002, when the asking price was $5 billion.
4. Klingon Google
Klingon is the language featured in the Star Trek series, which is one of the many Google language interfaces available. Other interesting options include Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny’s nemesis who can’t pronounce his Rs- this option turns phrases like Google Search into Google Seawch.
5. The Google Doodle
Google invented Doodles to celebrate it’s culturally significant events and people. Doodle contains a relevant image which is incorporated into the Google logo on the homepage. Recent doodles include a tribute to the 20th century German artist, Oskar Schlemmer. The very first Google Doodle was of a stick man in 1998 to mark Page and Brin’s trip to that year’s Burning Man Festival.
6. You can play a Game on Google Images
Google Images was launched in July 2001 and as well as doing for images what it did for text search queries, Google Images also acts as a surprising gaming platform. Simply type Atari Breakout into Google Images and watch the screen turn the image tiles into the iconic retro computer game.
7. Google Owns YouTube
Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in October 2006. In 2018, the video-streaming platform is valued at $75 billion, while Morgan Stanley worked out that the company would be worth $160 billion if it were a separate entity. Now a days YouTube is a largest video sharing platform.
8. Google’s IPO
Google went public in 2004, with shares selling at $85 apiece. The company ended up selling 22.5 million shares, raising over $1.9 billion.
9. Employee Benefits
Google is known for caring it’s employees. If a Google employee in America dies while working for the company, their surviving partner is paid 50 percent of the employee’s salary for the next ten years.
10. Google leased NASA’s Moffett Airfield
In 2014, Google leased NASA’s Moffett Airfield for the next 60 years, at a cost of around $1.6 billion. Back in 2007 the search engine giant used the airfield in exchange for NASA using Google’s private planes.
Today is Google’s 20th birthday. Google has released a new exiting Doodle to celebrating it’s birthday. In the Doodle it thanks all its users and employees for being part of it. Google has made our life easier. We get every information like from “making a needle to making a rocket” from Google. We all are thankful to Google.