Google, the beloved search engine that has become an integral part of our digital lives, marked its 25th birthday in a unique way today, September 27th, with a special doodle and a look back at its journey over the past quarter-century.
The celebratory doodle featured the transformation of the word ‘Google’ into ‘G25gle,’ signifying its 25 years of existence. Clicking on the doodle brought up a delightful surprise of confetti on the page.
In a blog post, Google took a moment to reflect on its evolution since its inception in 1998. The company stated, “Today’s Doodle celebrates Google’s 25th year. And while here at Google we’re oriented towards the future, birthdays can also be a time to reflect. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to learn how we were born 25 years ago.”
The post continued, “Much has changed since 1998 — including our logo as seen in today’s Doodle — but the mission has remained the same in Google: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful…Thank you for evolving with us over the past 25 years. We can’t wait to see where the future takes us, together.”
Google was originally founded by two doctoral students, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page, who crossed paths in Stanford University’s computer science program in the late 90s. Together, they shared a vision to make the World Wide Web more accessible to everyone. Google officially came into being on September 27, 1998, and it was initially celebrated on September 4 each year. However, the date was shifted to September 27 to coincide with the announcement of the record number of web pages indexed by the search engine.
The current CEO of Google is Sundar Pichai, who succeeded Larry Page on October 24, 2015. Larry Page, in turn, assumed the role of CEO at Alphabet Inc. On December 3, 2019, Pichai took on the additional role of CEO at Alphabet.
Google’s tradition of celebrating events and milestones with creative doodles began in 1998, a month before the company’s official founding. The very first doodle commemorated the “Burning Man” event in Black Rock City, Nevada.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai shared thoughts on the company’s 25th anniversary and the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI). He expressed gratitude for the people who have contributed to Google’s success and emphasized the ongoing commitment to innovation. Pichai acknowledged that search remains at the core of Google’s mission while highlighting the company’s diverse range of products serving billions of users worldwide.
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