Using Google for every small and big requirement or query, it is hard to imagine the time without Google. Starting its roots as a search engine, Google has gone a lot far to reach every individual. But when did it all begin? When is Google’s birthday? How it all does started? Let’s take a look:
The Story behind Google’s Birthday
Google.com domain was registered in the year 1997 on September 15 and the company filed for incorporation on September 4, 1998. Though September 4 is the official birthday but they celebrated the day on September 27 when Google doodle was first used to highlight the birthday in year 2002. Since 2006, September 27 is the date used to mark the birthday of Google. So, Google officially celebrates it on 27th of September.
Google started 20 years ago with an initial investment of $100,000. Google along with its siblings are now worth $800 billion. Google has presently eight products: Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Android, Play, Search and Chrome with each having more than one billion users.
Google Journey across 20 Years
Google began as a research project of Larry Page and there, he met Sergey Brin. The duo created PageRank algorithm to rank search results based on linking behavior. They launched on Stanford’s private network in the year 1996. In 1998, they incorporated the company as Google with initial investment of $100,000 from Sun Microsystems co-founder.
Yahoo’s Attempt to Acquire Google
Yahoo was the leading search engine provider in 2000. It tried to acquire Google for $3 billion but Google reportedly turned down the deal as it was worth at least $5 billion. In fact, Yahoo has been sold to Verizon in 2017 for under $5 billion.
Launch of Gmail in 2004
On 1st April 2004, Google achieved another milestone with the launch of Gmail to public with 1GB of storage. At that time, many of the competing email products were only offering few megabytes of storage and Gmail with 1GB caught the attention of everyone.
Arrival of Google Maps in 2005
Google first introduced Maps in the year 2005 with caption “Maps can be useful and fun.” With Google Maps, the company entirely changed the way people look for nearby areas and hotels. It rolled out turn-by-turn GPS navigation in 2009 and the things really got useful on smartphones.
Acquiring of YouTube
In 2006, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion and Google’s acquisition has proven to be one of the most instrumental. YouTube’s growth is unstoppable today and so is Google’s.
Google Chrome Landed
In 2008, Google Chrome for Windows was made in a beta version. Over the period of time, Chrome has grown far beyond Firefox and Internet Explorer. It is the world’s most dominant web browser.
Social Network Google+ Launched
In 2011, Google replaced its Buzz microblogging tool with Google+. This was an attempt by Google to take over the popularity of Facebook. It was launched as an invitation-only network. Though it has received various makeovers over the period of time, but it still lacks behind.
Google Assistant to Compete Siri and Alexa
Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri has quite been in the industry when Google launched its virtual assistant. It has rapidly grown over the period of time and is earning a reputable share in the market.
Google continues to grow far beyond it started 20 years ago. Happy Birthday Google!
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