Google is marking its own birthday today with a doodle. The doodle features a photo of a 90s’ style computer with Google search page and date stamp for September 27, 1998, surrounded by confetti in Google colours. A smaller Google doodle with number 21 as candles, as a part of Google logo, shows on the search results page. The search giant was founded 21 years ago in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, then students at Stanford University in California. September 27 is, however, not Google’s actual birthday.
If you take the company’s incorporation date as its birthday, then Google was born on September 4, 1998, however, the company never celebrated the day as its birthday, at least not in the form of a Google doodle. Google celebrated September 7 as its birthday in doodles until 2005, following which it switched to September 27.
Initially, the search engine was called “BackRub” and it was later renamed “Google”.
“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,” Sergey Brin and Lawrence (Larry) Page wrote in 1998 in a paper published about launching a prototype of a “large-scale search engine.