Google’s Sweet 13

Today is Google’s 13th Birthday! Woo! Lucky number 13 for those who are superstitious, and the day a boy becomes a man if you’re Jewish.

Custom designed Google birthday cake logo with 13 candles from Ryan Morben @ Beanstalk

For Google it’s just the official date they picked to mark the start of the company. As with most things that were born many times in concept and then in execution, the actual birthday of Google was debated:

  • Google began in Jan/1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin
  • Page and Brin originally nicknamed their new search engine BackRub
  • The final name, Google, originated from a misspelling of the word googol
  • Originally, Google ran under the Stanford University website, with the domain google.stanford.edu
  • The domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997
  • The company was incorporated on September 4, 1998

So why the official birthday is the 27th is a bit of a head-scratcher, and why some wanted Sept 14th as the official date, when the 15th was the date of registration, is another mystery.

Over the years there’s been a number of Google logos to celebrate the aging of service:

Google's 4th Birthday4th Birthday – 2002
Google's 5th Birthday5th Birthday – 2003
Google's 6th Birthday6th Birthday – 2004
Google's 7th Birthday7th Birthday – 2005
Google's 8th Birthday8th Birthday – 2006
Google's 9th Birthday9th Birthday – 2007
Google's 10th Birthday10th Birthday – 2008
Google's 11th Birthday11th Birthday – 2009
Google's 12th Birthday12th Birthday – 2010
Google's 13th Birthday13th Birthday – 2011

I was really enjoying the theme, and I don’t even get the 12th?

Yep it’s a slow news day for search engine related activity, but Dave’s over at the Expo so when he gets back expect some fresh topics and more focused in-depth content.

Update: Apparently Google’s mysterious selection of the 27th was actually a PR move to merge the date with a new larger index in a competitive move against Yahoo! You can read more about the official Google coporate history right here.

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