Google has become the lifeline of all the searches across the world and we can imagine not a single day without it. In fact we feel astonished when we start thinking about the days before its birth. Thanks to Larry Page and Sergey Brin for their extraordinary thinking which they called search engine Backrub.
Google, a word which has no meaning in itself but has made the lives of a millions across the globe meaningful is the most frequently visited website of the worlds as per Alexa in the year 2012. Google reportedly for the year 2013 has generated revenue of $50 billion which reflects the size and success the company has reached over the time period of 15 years. Google is the creation of two brilliant minds named Larry page and Sergey Brin in 1998, September 4, the Headquarter being at Mountain View, California, United States.
Origin of the name “Google”
According to Larry Page, “From time to time I read or hear stories of the origin of the search engine and company name ‘Google’ that are incorrect, which prompts me to write this brief account, based on my understanding of the genesis of the name. The source of my information is my friends and colleagues from Wing 3B of the Gates Computer Science Building at Stanford University, where Google was born.”
In 1996, Larry Page and Sergey Brin called their initial search engine “BackRub,” named for its analysis of the web’s “back links.” Larry’s office was in room 360 of the Gates CS Building, which he shared with several other graduate students, including Sean Anderson, Tamara Munzner, and Lucas Pereira. In 1997, Larry and his officemates discussed a number of possible new names for the rapidly improving search technology. Sean recalls the final brainstorming session as occurring one day during September of that year.
Sean and Larry were in their office, using the whiteboard, trying to think up a good name – something that related to the indexing of an immense amount of data. Sean verbally suggested the word “googolplex,” and Larry responded verbally with the shortened form, “googol” (both words refer to specific large numbers). Sean was seated at his computer terminal, so he executed a search of the Internet domain name registry database to see if the newly suggested name was still available for registration and use. Sean is not an infallible speller, and he made the mistake of searching for the name spelled as “google.com,” which he found to be available. Larry liked the name, and within hours he took the step of registering the name “google.com” for himself and Sergey (the domain name registration record dates from September 15, 1997).
How Google’s look evolved
Google has changed a lot over the past 17 years—from the range of our products to the evolution of their look and feel. And today we’re changing things up once again. Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC. These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices—sometimes all in a single day. You expect Google to help you whenever and wherever you need it, whether it’s on your mobile phone, TV, watch, the dashboard in your car, and yes, even a desktop!
It doesn’t simply tell you that you’re using Google, but also shows you how Google is working for you. For example, new elements like a colorful Google mic help you identify and interact with Google whether you’re talking, tapping or typing. Meanwhile, we’re bidding adieu to the little blue “g” icon and replacing it with a four-color “G” that matches the logo.
Just a month after announcing they had a new parent company, Google has unveiled a new, more playful logo. Since July, Google has been undergoing major restructuring, but none of those moves will be as talked about as this new logo. Not that it’s earth-shatteringly different, but it’s a new image to be ingrained on our Internet brains.