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Google’s 20th Birthday: Today’s doodle introspects the search engine’s incredible journey


Today is Google’s 20th birthday and search engine over the years grew up to change the internet like never before.

The world’s most used search engine is celebrating the milestone with a Google Doodle on its homepage that chronicles some of the most popular search trends of the last two decades on the site. This year, on occassion of Google’s 20th Birthday,  Google is adding more to the party mix, comprising surprise spelling suggestions like if one type any of the following retro queries into the search bar.

These alternatives are reflections of how those phrases and concepts have developed over the course of 20 years. This unconventional dictionary-of-sorts is both romantic and informing in terms of how far we have developed as a society and culture in the 21st century. Google’s 20th Birthday special  doodle shows the significant events that changed the world during its existence.

Google in 2016, had become a part of Alphabet, the parent organisation that has Page and Brin as board members.

The doodle begins with each alphabet of the word ‘Google’ written in the form of a balloon. The first ‘o’ has the number ‘2’ embossed on it, while the second ‘o’ is represented as a 0, to represent the number 20. The video with duration of 97 seconds, tracking the journey from Google’s first user interface, through searches that broke the internet on each year.

Some of these searches comprise “Is Pluto still a planet?” from 2006 to the “Royal Wedding” from 2011, and “how do you pronounce ‘gif’ “, that was the most popular search of 2013. Apart from this Google also shows its growth to more than 150 languages, along with its presence in over 190 countries.

Along with the video, Google also published a detailed post enlisting the 20 most notable Doodles from Google history. This list, starting with the first doodle Burning Man festival logo to the Google homepage to indicate they were out of town.

Google today has eight products with more than 1 billion users each. The breakthrough of its journey comprises the launch of Chrome, Google Maps, Android, Gmail, self-driving cars, and many more.

In 1996, Sergey Brin and Larry Page entered into a partnership to built a search engine that used links to determine the importance of individual pages on the World Wide Web. At that time they were both students of Stanford University.

The search engine officially started back in 1998 by Larry Page and Segey Brin as a search engine and evolved into a one of the largest internet based company that went on to produce smartphones, home & entertainment systems, and became the most used ad space provider in the world.

The founders of Google originally named the search engine as BackRub. The first doodle was a message created by both Page and Brin in August of  1998 to let people know they’d shipped off to the Burning Man festival.