Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is well versed of them all? Google! Comes the answer. The search engine giant, Google turns 20 this year. Devoted to its journey of twenty-long years, Google Doodle celebrates with one of its finest videos. But, did you ever wonder, why this widely read, most searched and a highly recommended tool called “Google”?
No, Google was not always called Google. The first name it got was Backrub.
Google was launched by two students from Stanford University Sergey Brin and Larry Page in 1996. The two started the search engine in partnership and used links to determine the importance of individual pages on the World Wide Web. However, the Google Inc became official only in 1998 with the founders receiving a check for $100,000 from Andy Bechtolsheim.
Brin became the President of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc whereas, Page is holding the position of Chief Executive of Alphabet Inc. As of 2018 list of the richest people in the world, Page is the ninth richest person followed by Brin, who is the tenth richest person in the world.
How was it named Google?
Initially, Sergey Brin and Larry Page called the web-based search engine with the name ‘Backrub’. Later in 1996, only the partners renamed it with ‘Google’ believing that this name aptly reflects their mission to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
Where is Google Head Office?
Initially, Google’s office was a dorm room in Stanford which was later brought to California’s Mountain View making it the headquarter of Google. As of now, Google has 60,000 employees working in 5o different countries.
Other companies that Google owns
In these 20 years, Google successfully became an owner of more than 200 companies that includes television, advertising, robotics and many more. Google Maps, AdSense, YouTube and DoubleClick became the most popular companies owned by Google.
Google grew leaps and bounds with each passing years and now the search engine is available in more than 150 languages serving to 190 countries. It serves to ‘trillions’ of searches made each year on the search engine web. Google has launched a new Insights tracker that reveals the most popular searches made over the last 20 years.