September 27, 2013 is the 15th birthday of the search engine that we all know and love – Google.
Google was founded by Stanford graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 in a friend’s garage, although the actual web domain www.google.com was registered in 1997. Although Google’s official birthday is September 7, the celebration has been shifted over the years, aligning with whenever people “feel like having cake”.
Originally called “BackRub”, Page and Brin eventually decided to call their search engine “Google” a play on the mathematical term “googol” which means a one followed by one hundred zeros. If you type “google in 1998” into the Google search today, you’ll see what the site looked like 15 years ago.
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