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.
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
- The final name, Google, originated from a misspelling of the word
- 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
Over the years there’s been a number of Google logos to celebrate the aging of service:
|4th Birthday – 2002|
|5th Birthday – 2003|
|6th Birthday – 2004|
|7th Birthday – 2005|
|8th Birthday – 2006|
|9th Birthday – 2007|
|10th Birthday – 2008|
|11th Birthday – 2009|
|12th Birthday – 2010|
|13th 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.