Google is celebrating its 23rd birthday today, September 27, with a special doodle on the homepage. But did you know that Google didn’t always celebrate its birthday on September 27? For example, while the fourth anniversary was celebrated on September 27, 2002, for the 5th anniversary, Google had a doodle on September 8, 2003. And for the sixth anniversary, the date chosen to celebrate was September 7, 2004.
And in 2005, the doodle was actually September 26 to mark the number 7 anniversary. But since 2006, Google has kept September 27 as the date.
When did Google start?
While Google has now continued with September 27 as the official date, there are plenty of birthdays for the search engine. The domain name Google.com was registered on September 15, 1997, and if we refer to 1997 as the year, it is technically the anniversary number 24.
But Google as a project started in January 1996 with Larry Page and Sergey Brin, when they were both at Stanford University. However, January was never considered an official birthday.
The company was officially incorporated on September 4, 1998. Of course, that means September 4 should ideally be the anniversary. So why was September 27 chosen as the anniversary? Well, September 27 was chosen to celebrate a new milestone in the number of pages Google indexed on the search engine.
Remember, when Google first started, it wasn’t the biggest or the only search engine in the world. Yahoo was much bigger, but Google slowly and steadily dominated the entire market. For the past few years, Google has stuck with the September 27 date, and it will likely continue.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen Google evolve beyond a simple search engine. There’s Gmail, Android, the Play Store, Google Assistant, YouTube, Google Meet to name just a few of the company’s most important products. And yes, most of Google’s flagship products have over a billion users each today, which shows just how dominant the company is, nearly 23 years after its inception.
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