Google on September 27 turned 23 in age with a special Doodle homepage on its site. An animated cake with a “23” and a single candle representing the “L” in the logo. The remaining letters are sparkling with chocolate icing and sprinkles.
Google as a project began in January 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, while they were both at Stanford university. However, January has never been an official birthday.
The company hasn’t always celebrated its birthday on September 27 either. For instance, while the fourth birthday was celebrated on September 27, 2002, for the 5th birthday, Google had a doodle on September 8, 2003. And for the sixth birthday, the date chosen to celebrate was September 7, 2004. In 2005, the doodle was actually up on September 26 to mark birthday number 7. But since 2006, Google celebrates September 27 as the birth date.
When Google started, it was not the biggest or only search engine in the world. Yahoo was a lot bigger, but Google slowly and steadily came to dominate the entire market. For the past few years, Google has stuck with the September 27 date, and it will likely continue.
In the last few years, we’ve seen Google evolve beyond just being a search engine. There’s Gmail, Android, the Play Store, Google Assistant YouTube, Google Meet to name some of the most important products from the company. And yes, most of Google’s core products boast of more than a billion users each today, which shows just how dominant the company is, nearly 23 years after it first started.
Since then, Google has expanded well beyond and jumped into hardware from Nest Wi-Fi routers to its own smartphone, the Google Pixel.
(Image Credit: Google.com)