It’s something that millions upon millions of people use daily across the world and it’s understandably made lives easier everywhere. It’s even possible that you found the FMS Blog by it. So where would we be without the Google search engine? You might be thinking we’d have some other search engine, which may be true, but none have reached the popularity levels of Google.
On top of this, if you venture onto Google today you may notice that the Google Doodle is looking a little…festive. That is because they are officially celebrating their 18th birthday today! That’s right; Google has finally become an adult.
To celebrate this, we thought we’d take a look at one of the biggest, and memorable, companies in the world.
The Birth of a Giant
Google was originally incorporated in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin and was named ‘Google, Inc’. The name is derived from a ‘Googol’, a number that is followed by one hundred zeros. Both Page and Brin developed Google while studying as PhD students at Stanford University.
In 1999, they moved the company to Palo Alto, California, which any technology lover will know is the Silicon Valley home of many prominent start ups such as Hewlett-Packard, Tesla Motors and many more. Due to growing in size, they again moved to Mountain View, California and leased an office complex. A few years later they bought the property, which is today known as Googleplex.
In 2015, Google reorganised itself resulting in Alphabet Inc, a holding company and Google being its leading subsidiary. As such, Alphabet is officially the ‘parent’ company, along with several other companies such as Calico. The current CEO of Google is Sundar Pichai.
Not Just A Search Engine
While its search engine is what Google is most famous for, it also has many more products that make life easier for the world. This includes the Android operating system for mobile phones which is currently the dominant OS on smartphones.
There is also Gmail which has existed since 2004 and serves as a free email service that is also advertising supported. You may also be reading this article using the Chrome web browser which was released in 2008. As with most things with Google, this is also the most popular browser in the world at the moment.
There are many, many more services and even technology that the company offers, if we tried to talk about them all then this article would be pages long! But to sum everything up, it’s clear to see that in the 18 years it has existed, Google has firmly implanted itself in our lives.
So a very happy birthday to Google!