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Google celebrates 23 years; see significant milestones in the search engine’s history

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Google turned 23 and created a special animated doodle celebrating its birthday, and we have compiled the significant milestones in the search engine’s history.

The animated Doodle featured a layered birthday cake with rainbow sprinkles and the number 23 written on the top, with the search engine’s name, which was also covered in frosting and sprinkles, floating above while the flickering green birthday candle stands in for the “L” in the name.

The search engine is one that has the bragging rights for shaping the internet in the way that no other company can. It has been one of the active members involved in making the world we know today. From search engines to advertising, email and smartphones, it has been vital in changing how we connect with the world and consume information.


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When was Google established?

Officially, the search engine was established on 4 September 1998 and was co-founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page. This means that technically, Google turned 23 on 4 September 2021, but in 2005 the company shifted its anniversary celebrations from 4 September to 27 September while celebrating a new record in terms of indexed pages.

It all started in 1996 when the founders started Google as a research project on Stanford University’s private network. At first, they started the search engine as BackRub because it was Page’s idea to crawl pages for backlinks and understand how to rank them.

A year after that, they paired up and developed the first prototype of Google together in their dorms. Since then, the search engine has grown to become one of the most expansive tech companies globally, having market dominance, which has increased scrutiny from lawmakers, regulators, and its own employees.

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Here is a look at the significant milestones in the search engine’s history

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Google launched on Stanford University’s private network as BackRub. Later, both Page and Brin came together to launch PageRank, an algorithm that ranked pages based on the linking behaviour across pages.


The Google.com domain was registered a year before the company was incorporated.


The search engine was incorporated with an angel investment of $100,000 from Sun Microsystems’ co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim. Sergey Brin and Larry Page relocate to the garage of Sujan Wojcicki, who later became the CEO of YouTube.

Also, in the same year, the first doodle was born. The doodle is used for important recognition of events and celebrations. It began with the Burning Man festival on 30 August 1998.


Larry Page and Sergey Brin brought Eric Schmidt on board to provide guidance to the rapidly growing company because they remarked that they needed “adult supervision.”


It turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Yahoo. Not long after, the search engine launched a news aggregation service called Google News.


The search engine, with its continued growth, launched the mailing aspect of the company, Gmail.


It acquired android, designing it to compete with Blackberry smartphones. In the same year, it also launched the Google Map to offer step-by-step directions and business listings.


The company acquired YouTube a year after its debut. It has become the world’s second-most visited website.


It acquired DoubleClick to boost its ad business in the ad industry.


The company launched the Chrome browser, and it now serves nearly two-thirds of the web browser users worldwide.


Google launches its first smartphone, the Nexus One, in partnership with HTC.


Google launches its own social network, Google+.


Google launched Google Assistant. It is a voice-powered digital assistant launched to compete with Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa assistants.

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