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Google’s 25th birthday is on September 27, 2023, a significant date for the technology industry. This American multinational technology company’s journey began modestly, and the entire journey has been nothing short of remarkable.

The Google Founders

Stanford computer science PhD students Larry Page and Sergey Brin met in the mid-1990s. They had no idea their collaboration would change the digital world. They began “BackRub,” a research effort that eventually evolved into search engine “Google” today.

Larry Page studied the mathematical complexities of the link structure of the World Wide Web. He set the groundwork for a groundbreaking search algorithm that helped Google become the search behemoth that it is today. By 1998, their research had transformed into Google, named after the mathematical term ‘Googol’, which indicates a very huge number.

In August 1998, Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, gave Google Inc. a $100,000 check that was like a birth certificate. The first place Page and Brin called “office” was a garage they rented in Menlo Park, California. They moved there from their dorm room at Stanford. They made the office, which had computers and a ping-pong table, their home for a few years as they worked to make their dream of a sorted internet come true. 

Beyond the Search

Google’s significance now extends well beyond its search engine. Google has become an integral part of the daily lives of billions of people with technologies such as YouTube, Android, Gmail, and Google Maps.

When Google acquired Yahoo’s default search engine in 2000, it enhanced its impact in the computing sector. AdWords was introduced in October 2000, establishing the groundwork for Google’s supremacy in internet advertising.

Next major innovation occurred in 2004, when Google revealed that Gmail will offer an incredible 1GB of storage space. This makes Gmail a vital aspect of our lives and contributing in the battle against YahooMail and Microsoft’s Hotmail. The company went public in August of that year.

The Birth of Google’s Android and YouTube

Google’s creativity did not stop with search and email. In 2005, it acquired Android and launched Google Talk, marking its entry into the mobile sector. Google’s journey into the internet video business began in 2006 with the acquisition of YouTube.

Google purchased DoubleClick in 2007. It establish its position as the industry leader in internet advertising and following a trend of chaotic acquisitions. With the introduction of universal search in 2007, users gained the ability to search across several content kinds.

The T-Mobile G1, the first Android phone, and the Chrome web browser were unexpected discoveries for everyone when they came out in 2008. Following years, Google released Glass, acquired the mapping startup Waze, made Alphabet its parent company, and appointed Sundar Pichai as its CEO.

The First Google Doodle

Google's 25th Birthday Doodle

The first Google Doodle appeared not long after Google. IIn 1998, when Larry Page and Sergey Brin took a break to visit the Burning figure Festival, they came up with a simple logo: a stick figure superimposed over the search engine’s logo.

Over 5,000 Google Doodles were made in 2011, including ones for Valentine’s Day and the ice cream sundae’s anniversary. A group of engineers and artists called “doodlers.” creates Google Doodles.

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The Future of Google

This month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai blogged about the company’s future, particularly its AI prospects. Over the next 25 years, Google will compete with huge corporations in every product category. Google is a leader in AI, one of its biggest potential. Over 25 years, Google may need more innovation and impact to maintain its supremacy.

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