Google turns 20

It’s hard to believe Google is about to turn 20 years old. And the company has changed drastically in the past two decades, going from being a simple search engine to a global tech titan.

The internet is celebrating the milestone with a Google Doodle that chronicles some of the most popular search trends of the last two decades. In keeping with the “popular searches in history” theme, the company has also launched 20years.withgoogle.com, a website dedicated to notable facts from the last 20 years of search trends.

How it all began?

In 1998, Google began humbly, formally incorporated in a Menlo Park garage, providing search results from a server housed in Lego bricks. It had a straightforward goal: make the poorly indexed World Wide Web accessible to humans.

Someone rightly said, “Happy endings come after a story with lots of ups and downs”. The masterminds behind the epic success of Google were “Larry Page and Sergey Brin”. They fought through some bad days to earn the best days of their life. But how did it all began?

The Google story began in the summer of 1995 at Stanford University when Sergey Brin met Larry Page.

Brin was involved in showing recruits the campus and leading a tour of nearby San Francisco. It was during that time Larry Page, who was an engineering major, ended up in Brin’s group.  It was hardly a love at first sight. Initially, Page and Brin found each other obnoxious and had a kind of bantering thing going but as iron sharpens iron, these two geniuses were evidently drawn together and came up with the most thriving search engine of the 21st century eventually.

Twenty years later, they have built a company going far beyond even that lofty goal, providing individuals and businesses alike with email, file sharing, web hosting, home automation, smart phones and countless other services. The playful startup that began as a surveyor of the web has become an architect of reality, creating and defining what its billions of users find, see, know or are even aware of.

“You never lose a dream, it just incubates as a hobby”- Larry Page

Googol to Google!

Well, it’s true that Google co-founders are certainly fans of wordplay. The name “Google” was coined by its masters after a googol. It was the name of the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. It represents the immense amount of information that a search engine has to analyze through.

The Evolving Mission of Google

Did you know that Google derives 96 percent of its revenue from advertising, has a video platform that is in agreement with the National Basketball Association, a movie studio, celebrities, and is developing a subscription service that would be plug-and-play for publishers and consumers the world over?

For our every little query, Google has become an answer. Whether it is about finding a recipe, or anything, all the results are just a click away from us.

Apart from being a wonder-wand for solving problems, Google has now taken up to flourish the business world with its new launches. The technologies focus on the various needs and requirements of the business industry. The motive of introducing these technologies is to make the time count and simplify the work process.

 

Google has become a massive part of our culture — for better and for worse.

Happy Birthday Google!!