(CTN News) – Google, the beloved search engine, marked its 25th birthday with a special doodle on a Wednesday, taking a stroll down memory lane. The doodle featured a GIF that transformed the iconic ‘Google’ into ‘G25gle,’ symbolizing the company’s 25 years of existence, and upon clicking the logo, confetti would cascade on the screen.
In a blog post, Google expressed its sentiments, saying, “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 also noted that while much has evolved since 1998, including the logo showcased in the doodle, the core mission has remained consistent: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google thanked its users for evolving with them over the past quarter-century and looked forward to the future.
Google’s Historical Journey
Google was established by doctoral students Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who crossed paths in Stanford University’s computer science program in the late 90s. They shared a common vision of making the World Wide Web more accessible.
Google’s official birthday is September 27, 1998, but initially, the company celebrated it on September 4 for the first seven years. The shift to September 27 was made to coincide with the announcement of a record number of indexed web pages by the search engine.
Sundar Pichai is currently the CEO of Google, succeeding Larry Page on October 24, 2015. Page took on the role of CEO at Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, and later, on December 3, 2019, Sundar Pichai also became the CEO of Alphabet.
The Evolution of Google Doodles
Google Doodles, a beloved part of the search engine’s identity, have a history dating back to 1998, a month before Google’s official founding. The first-ever doodle celebrated the “Burning Man” event in Black Rock City, Nevada.
Sundar Pichai’s Reflection
In a blog post, Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, shared his thoughts on the company’s 25th birthday and the journey so far. He expressed gratitude towards the users, employees, and partners who contributed to Google’s success.
Pichai also emphasized the importance of innovation and the company’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology, with a particular focus on the role of AI in shaping the future.
He stated, “Search is still at the core of our mission, and it’s still our biggest moonshot with so much more to do…Of course, Google today is more than a search box. We have 15 Google products that each serve more than half a billion people and businesses, and six that serve more than 2 billion users each.”
As Google celebrates 25 years of existence, it continues to evolve, innovate, and shape the digital landscape, staying true to its mission of organizing the world’s information for the benefit of all.