The Doodle shows you what a typical desktop computer looked like 21 years ago when Stanford Ph.D. students and Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page published a paper called The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine. In it, the pair outlined Google, a prototype "large-scale search engine" that had a database of "at least 24 million pages."
"We chose our system name, Google, because it is a common spelling of googol , or 10100, and fits well with our goal of building very large-scale search engines, "the couple wrote in the paper's introduction.
In the 21 years since Brin and Page outlined their vision for a search engine, the company has grown up dramatically. Google's search engine now indexes hundreds of billions of webpages, but the company has gone from humble beginnings as a search engine to the most dominant force in advertising. Google now has a parent company, Alphabet, with tentacles that touch everything fromto its Android mobile software to extend life.
But don't look too closely at Google's birth certificate . The company has celebrated its birthday on September. 27 since 2006, but it was celebrated its birthday on Sept. 26, and in 2004 and 2003, the date was Sept. 7 and Sept. 8, respectively.especially since it was incorporated on Sept. 4, 1998.
Regardless, happy birthday to a company that, for better or worse, helped usher in the information age.