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Google was founded 25 years ago, on September 4, 1998. In this article, I will elaborate on the company’s growth. Are you ready?

The Most Significant Events in the History of Google

1996 – The BackRub project was launched, resulting in a search robot operating on a university site that took into account the significance of pages. That same year, Page and Brin created the first server using four hard drives in a Lego casing. The project’s name was later changed to Google, which sounds like the word “googol,” meaning a number consisting of one followed by one hundred zeros.

1997 – The domain google.com was registered, and the design of the future search engine was created. A concise logo of six colorful letters was devised. The primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) were chosen, but green was used for the letter L to emphasize the company’s opposition to conventions.

1998 – Page and Brin attempted to sell their improved internet search algorithm for $1 million but couldn’t find a buyer. Instead, they found an investor who wrote them a check for $100,000 in the name of Google Inc., which didn’t yet exist. To cash the check, Page and Brin registered Google Incorporated on September 4, 1998. Their office was in a friend’s garage, and a classmate became their first employee.

1999 – The company moved to an office in Palo Alto, and the staff grew to eight people. By then, the algorithm was processing around 500,000 queries per day.

2002 – An updated version of the AdWords contextual advertising service was announced. Since advertising became the primary source of revenue for the young startup, the company devised a new approach to make it unobtrusive, implementing ad links at the top of the page so as not to clutter the site, and ads were shown only to the target audience. In the new service, payment was made per click rather than per placement. That year, more than 34 million new users visited the site thanks to Google being set as the homepage on the America Online provider’s website.

2003 – By 2003, the company became the most popular in the global market, surpassing Yahoo! The beginning of active acquisitions of small tech companies, including the purchase of Pyra Labs, the founder of the blogging service Blogger.

2004 – The launch of the Gmail email service. Also, the company went public this year, listing on the NASDAQ. 19.6 million shares were offered at $85 each.

2006 – Acquisition of the text editor Writely, which became the foundation for Google Docs, and the purchase of YouTube for $1.65 billion.

2008 – Launch of the Chrome browser.

2015 – Google reorganized and established the holding company Alphabet Inc. Sergey Brin was appointed president, and Larry Page became CEO. The holding included YouTube, Android, and many other projects. Starting in 2010, Google has averaged acquiring one company per week. On September 1, 2015, Google introduced a new logo, which is still current today, abandoning the serif font.

2019 – Page and Brin announced their resignation from executive positions, with Sundar Pichai taking over as CEO of Alphabet Inc.

More about search engines

Search engines existed in the 1990s, but they could not sort query results based on how often keywords appeared. Sometimes, finding the necessary information took a very long time. This is the problem Page and Brin set out to solve.

Currently, Google is the de facto global monopolist in internet search, except in Russia, where it competes with Yandex, and in China, where the majority of the market share belongs to Baidu.

Interesting Facts About Google

  1. Google search is available in 150 languages, including some unusual ones like Bork-Bork-Bork, a language from a Norwegian cartoon.
  2. Google processes over 99,000 search queries every second, which is more than 8.5 billion per day.
  3. Since 2007, the Street View project team has captured over 11.5 million kilometers of roads.
  4. In 2010, due to an error in Google Maps, Nicaraguan troops “accidentally” invaded Costa Rica, cut down a protected forest, and set up a military camp there.
  5. The company has its own corporate slang—for example, new employees are called “Nooglers.”
  6. Google prefers dogs over cats, and employees can bring their pets to the office.Perhaps the only thing
  7. Google hasn’t successfully achieved is its own messenger: there have been six attempts, including Hangouts and Duo, but none have gained significant user interest.
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