The date has changed four times throughout the years, but Google accepted September 27th as its birthday, celebrating their 17th anniversary yesterday. And, in true Google fashion, they did it with a doodle as they often do to mark important dates in history, be it an event, person or just fun trivia.
- Google changed its birthday from Sep. 7th, to Sep. 8th, Sep. 26th, and then, finally, Sep. 27th
- It celebrated in true Google style with a doodle reminiscent of the 1990s
- The search engine first appeared in 1998, marking this as its 17th birthday
Google is truly a great part of our history, being one of the main contributors to what our internet is today. It should probably speak volumes that ‘googling’ is actually a commonly used phrase these days.
The tech giant had expanded from their internet search engine since 1998, more famously delving into interactive maps, self-driving cars, and sometime in the future, the upcoming Google Cardboard to tackle on the future of gaming and many industries: virtual reality.
Throughout the years, the company seems to have changed the dates it recognized as their anniversary, starting with September 8th, 2002. However, that was just the first of several changes to come, when the tech giant shifted their birthday around to September 7th in 2003 and 2004, to then gradually move the date up through the month.
It seems officials have met numerous conflicts on which day should be ‘Google day’. In 2005, the company announced their birthday on September 26th, to then make a final change in 2006, marking September 27th on the calendar with a celebrating cake, candles and a party hat, most likely.
For the past nine years, it seems the day has remained set, and the company presented one of their famous doodles to commemorate their initiation. It was a throwback to the first days of the internet, when accessing the world wide web was nothing short of a luxury, and it took minutes for dial-ups to connect.
Some of us still remember the days when we lost internet connection because someone was on the phone.
The doodle presented an old computer with the old “Google!” logo, a CRT screen, the Linux penguin peeking from behind it, a Lego-made server, and a lava lamp, because nothing says ‘the 90s’ quite like it. Ever since its inception, it cannot be denied that Google has had a crucial role in the evolution of internet services.
To this day, it stands as a pillar for the entire community, and for those seeking to settle arguments on various topics. It’s truly one of the key features of the internet, and it was a mere seventeen years ago that they even appeared on our computer screens. Google is still a teenager, but it’s ruling the internet world.
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