Search Engine Google Turns 20

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Google celebrated its 20th birthday on Monday marking two decades in which the company has grown to a search engine without which we cannot even find the address of our friend’s house.

The company took to twitter with hashtag #SearchIs20 to disclose a look at the next chapter of Google search.


The founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin were studying at Stanford University when they thought of creating an index to search the internet. They developed a software that took into account factors such as relationships between web pages to help determine where they should rank in search results. The word ‘Google’ is a play on the mathematical term “googol,” which refers to the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.

They launched Google in September 1998 in a garage they had rented in the Northern California city of Menlo Park. Initially, it ran for a while on computer servers at Stanford. Later, it spread to the whole world

They got an offer of a million dollars for Google in the earlier days but they both declined it and the time proved it a right decision.

Google now has its headquarters in Mountain View. The mission of Google is to make the world’s information available to anyone.

In August 2004, the shares of Google were priced at $85 which has now risen above $1,000.

The company gets revenues through target online ads based on what users reveal and let marketers pay only if people clicked on links in advertising.

The company now has an array of offerings including Maps, Gmail, the Chrome internet browser, and an Android mobile device operating system that is free.

Google also bought YouTube video sharing platform in 2006 in $1.65 billion when the video sharing portal was only 18 months old.