Google, on Friday, celebrated its 21st birthday with a throwback picture of a bulky computer. The system monitor featured Google’s search screen and showcases a timestamp dated to September 27, 1998.
Google was founded in the dorm rooms of Stanford University in September 1998 by two PhD students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. September that year was a busy month for the two of them because while the company now recognises 27 September 1998 as its founding day, Google was given its name and became an incorporated company on 7 September.
Google was named by founders Larry and Sergey after its origin word ‘googol’, a mathematical term that translates to ’10 raised to the power of 100′.
Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc was estimated at $137 billion last year. At the time it was founded, the goal of “Google” was to “organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”.
The company’s rapid growth since incorporation has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond Google’s core search engine (Google Search). It offers services designed for work and productivity (Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides), email (Gmail/Inbox), scheduling and time management (Google Calendar), cloud storage (Google Drive), instant messaging and video chat (Google Allo, Duo, Hangouts), language translation (Google Translate), mapping and navigation (Google Maps, Waze, Google Earth, Street View), video sharing (YouTube), note-taking (Google Keep) and photo organizing and editing (Google Photos). The company leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, the Google Chrome web browser and Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system based on the Chrome browser. Google has moved increasingly into hardware; from 2010 to 2015, it partnered with major electronics manufacturers in the production of its Nexus devices and it released multiple hardware products in October 2016, including the Google Pixel smartphone, Google Home smart speaker, Google Wifi mesh wireless router and Google Daydream virtual reality headset. Google has also experimented with becoming an Internet carrier (Google Fiber, Google Fi, and Google Station).
“Today, Google operates all over the world in over 100 languages, answering trillions of search queries each year.
The scale is large, to say the least.”
Happy 21st Birthday, Google