Search engine Google turns 21

Search engine Google turns 21

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Kolkata, Sep 27: Famous search engine ‘Google’ turned 21 on Friday.To mark this day, Google has dedicated a doodle for them with a photograph showing a computer with Google browser on it.

The photograph is dated September 27, 1998, which Google recognises as its birth date. The search engine was founded in September 1998 by two Stanford Ph.D. students, Sergey Brin and Lawrence (Larry) Page, published a paper about launching a prototype of a “large-scale search engine.”

"We chose our systems name, Google, because it is a common spelling of googol, or 10100 and fits well with our goal of building very large-scale search engines,” the students wrote. Today, Google operates all over the world in over 100 languages, answering trillions of search queries each year.

The date of Google’s birthday has changed over the years without much explanation. Until 2005 the website celebrated its birthday on September 7, supposedly marking the day it became an incorporated company.

But the company actually filed incorporation papers on September 4, 1998, though it has never used this date as its birthday. Since 2005 it has marked its birthday on September 8, September 26 and, more recently, September 27.

The search engine offers services designed for work and productivity (Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides), email (Gmail/Inbox), scheduling and time management (Google Calendar), cloud storage (Google Drive), instant messaging and video chat (Google Allo, Duo, Hangouts), language translation (Google Translate), mapping and navigation (Google Maps, Waze, Google Earth, Street View), video
sharing (YouTube), note-taking (Google Keep), and photo organizing and editing (Google Photos).

The company leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, the Google Chrome web browser, and Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system based on the Chrome browser. The scale is large, to say the least. (UNI)