The search giant Google turns 12 today and is celebrating with a new Google doodle of a birthday cake was created by 89-year old Los Angeles painter Wayne Thiebaud, celebrates the 12th anniversary of the California-based company. Google was first incorporated on September 27, 2008.
On September 4, 1998 the company was incorporated. On September 20 of the same year the first technical spec was derived. The first employee, Craig Silverstein, was hired on September 21. There is no significance to September 27th but Google prefers to celebrate its birthday today.
Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin came up with the idea of Google in 1996 while working on a research project. The two students worked on finding a better system to analyze the relationships between websites. The technology at the time — called Page Rank — determined a website’s relevance by its number of pages and the importance of pages that linked back to the original site.
The duo’s project was originally dubbed “BackRub”, because the search engine checked back links to determine site importance. The company name, later changed to Google, originated from a misspelling of the word “googol”, the number one followed by one hundred zeros. Thiebaud is often connected to the “Pop Art” movement. His creations, many painted in the 1950s and 1960s, include paintings of cakes. This artist’s work was used with the permission of Visual Artists and Galleries Association (VAGA) New York.
According to Google’s Corporate Information, in 1998, “Google files for incorporation in California on September 4. Shortly thereafter, Larry and Sergey open a bank account in the newly-established company’s name and deposit Andy Bechtolsheim’s check.” CNET wonders why Google chose Monday, September 27 to post its birthday “Doodle”: “We’re not sure exactly which landmark Google is actually celebrating today: the google.com domain was actually registered on 15 September 1997. Still, it’s Google’s party and it can doodle if it wants to.”
Google has gone on to do much more than just being a search engine, they have tried some things and they have not worked out that well, but Android OS is a complete success. They have tried their hand at social media services, but most of what they do has not taken off.
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