On September 4, 2023, Google marked its 25th year in existence, and what an extraordinary journey it has been. Founded in 1998 by two Stanford University students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google rapidly ascended to become the favoured search engine of users worldwide.
The Genesis of Google:
Google’s origins trace back to a research project initiated by PhD students Larry Page and Sergey Brin during their tenure at Stanford University in January 1996. Both hailing from academic backgrounds, Page and Brin understood the significance of citations in research papers.
They conceived PageRank, a concept estimating a website’s importance based on its incoming links, which became the foundational principle of their search engine.
The initial concept for creating a search engine, however, was born in the mind of Larry Page, who collaborated with Scott Hassan, an incidental third contributor to Google, to develop the code.
The Birth of the Name “Google”:
Originally dubbed “Backrub” (a testament to their penchant for wordplay), Google took its present form when the domain name Google.com was registered on September 15th, 1997, and the company was officially incorporated on September 4th, 1998.
The name change was a pivotal moment in Google’s history. The name “Google” was chosen as a play on the word ‘googol,’ a mathematical term representing the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. This moniker better captured their mission to organize the seemingly boundless wealth of information on the web, and it certainly proved to be a fortuitous choice.
Google’s Significance in Daily Life:
Google has become an indispensable part of our daily routines. From seeking information to connecting with others through Gmail, navigating with Google Maps, and accessing a world of knowledge via Google Scholar, its impact on modern life is immeasurable. Google Search alone has revolutionized the way we access information, making it a ubiquitous companion in our digital journeys.
As Google celebrates its 25th anniversary, we reflect on its remarkable evolution from a research project to a tech giant that touches virtually every aspect of our digital existence. Google’s ability to adapt and innovate has made it an integral part of our lives, and its journey continues to shape the digital landscape in profound ways. Here’s to 25 years of Google and the boundless possibilities that lie ahead.