Bangalore: The search engine which was taking us on sail across galactic internet has turned 15 today. Happy Birthday Google!
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the Ph.D. students at Stanford University, filed papers to incorporate their dream, a search engine company, on September 4, 1998. However it got only incorporated three days later and the domain name “Google” was registered on September 15. For some reasons Google officially celebrates the event with a Google Doodle on September 27.
The young founders wanted to nickname their new search engine “BackRub”, as the system checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a site. Eventually, they changed the name to Google, because an investor has signed the check with misspelling of the word “googol”, which meant 10100, and Page and Brin just accepted it that way. Though started with the misspelling, Google is now world’s number one search engine. Its name has become so synonymous with search that it is now used as a verb in its own right.
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