For more than 15 years now, the word ‘Google’ has become synonymous with the word ‘search’.
Back in 2002, the word ‘Google’ was chosen as the ‘most useful word’ by the American Dialect Society. Just four years later, it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary and to the eleventh edition of the Merrian-Webster Collegiate Dictionary the same year.
Fast forward to 2020, and not a day goes by when internet users don’t Google things on their phones, laptops, or desktops. Fair to say, the search engine is the people’s most preferred go-to place for any kind of queries.
The company, parented by Alphabet Inc., does its bit every day in honoruing and remembering events and great personalities in human history through Google Doodles.
But today is a very special day. On this day, twenty-two years ago, two Ph.D. students, Sergey Brin & Larry Page, came up with the idea of setting up a ‘large scale search engine’. And rest, as they say, is history.
Today’s Google Doodle shows an animated G donning a birthday hat. It is looking into a laptop while being surrounded by a gift box, a cake, and a box of candies. The laptop screen shows G’s friends in four separate windows, in full celebratory mode.
The fun animation marks the site’s 22nd birthday. The official Google Doodle page shares the history of Google founders and how they trace their roots back to the sunny campus of Stanford University.
“As graduate students, the pair set out to improve the way people interacted with the wealth of information on the World Wide Web. In 1998, Google was born, and the rest is history,” the page says about Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
“The now world-famous moniker is a play on a mathematical term that arose out of an unassuming stroll around the year 1920. While walking in the woods of New Jersey, American mathematician Edward Kasner asked his young nephew Milton Sirotta to help him choose a name for a mind-boggling number: a 1 followed by 100 zeros. Milton’s reply? A googol! The term gained widespread visibility twenty years later with its inclusion in a 1940 book Kasner co-authored called “Mathematics and the Imagination,” it adds.
Google Doodle, Doodle, Sergey Brin, Larry Page
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