Today, Google is celebrating its 18th birthday. The search engine has even shared a new Doodle on its home page on the occasion. However, there is quite a confusion about the correct date. When is Google’s Birthday? The Fact is No One Knows!
The search engine giant has released an animated Doodle on web browsers across the world to celebrating its 18th birthday, making it officially an adult. Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998.
Traditionally, the company homepage marks September 27th as its birthday. However, no one know for sure when Google was formed and when is its Birthday. Even Google seems confused about the said date. Although it has been celebrating its birthday on September 27, since 2006, the year before that it celebrated on September 26. And in 2004, the company shared its 6th birthday Doodle on September 7. While the year before that, the birthday doodle went online on September 8.
In 2013, the company addressed the confusion over its birthday by saying that it had celebrated its birthday on four different dates, but September 27 now seems to have stuck. The company used the first birthday Doodle in 2002 on the same date. Since then, Google has celebrated its birthday with a Doodle every year.
Google’s own history lists its incorporation date in 1998 as September 4. While that may be its corporate birthday, the idea for Google began years earlier in 1996. The search engine was started as a research project at Stanford University. It all began when the company founders, Page and Brin, came up with a new idea for a search engine. They went on to create a search engine that ranks pages by how many other sites linked to it, rather than the old format used of ranking them by how often the search term appeared on the page. As of now, Google is one of the world’s most powerful tech companies with a market capitalization of $541bn. While its founders, Page and Brin are ranked as one of the richest people in the world, with net worths of $35.2bn and $34.4bn, respectively.