Google is celebrating its 22nd birthday!


The popular search browser has been around for 22 years, and that festive occasion has not let Google pass unnoticed.

September 27, 1998 is an important date in Internet history. On that day the search engine Google was officially launched. It started as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two computer engineering students who meet on the Stanford University campus.

Their mission was to make the rich wealth of information that the new World Wide Web could give to humanity more accessible. In 1996 they develop a system in which servers search the internet and sort pages based on search terms you entered. We know that system today of course under the name Google. In no time, the search engine has grown into the most visited web page in the world, and is considered the reference for searching for relevant information about anything you can think of.

The name Google has its origins in mathematics. A ‘googol’ is a number consisting of a 1 with a hundred zeros. The term was coined by a nephew of the American mathematician Edward Kasner. Page and Brin actually wanted to call their company Googol, but due to a simple spelling mistake by one of the two gentlemen, we now know the company and the search engine as Google. The name of the headquarters, Googolplex, is also a derivative of the mathematical term. In the year 2006, “googling” was officially included as a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary.


To her 22e to celebrate birthday in style, Google once again came up with an original doodle. The doodles that are now well-known are a creative rearrangement of the letters, usually linked to a current event. Google made it a tradition at the beginning of this century to create a doodle on September 27 to commemorate the launch. The oldest Google that we have been able to find dates back to Google’s fourth birthday.

This year it has been fully adapted to the current situation in which we find ourselves. The letters from Google are not celebrating with cakes and balloons this year, but with an online party from a distance. Google must also respect the corona measures. Didn’t surf to Google yesterday? You can relive all doodles via this page.

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