This September 27, 2019 is a special date for Google: the most famous search engine in the world is 21 years old! While Google has reached its American majority, this is an opportunity to revisit its history.

To celebrate its 21 years, Google offers us Friday, September 27 a Doodle a little retro. This small drawing shows a photograph of a computer of the time opened on a Google page. We can see in the bottom right the date of the snapshot in English “98 9 27” (ie September 27, 1998). Already 21 years that the giant of the net exists, but Google is not at all the same as at that date. It is today the search engine used for 88.66% of the requests in the world. It even claims 3.3 billion daily queries, made in more than 100 languages ​​… A number that makes you dizzy, especially when you see that Google is back by far. He is indeed born in a student room!

On 27 September 1998, two Stanford Ph.D. students, Sergey Brin and Lawrence (Larry) Page, aged 26 and 27, published an article on the launch of a prototype “large-scale search engine”. It is from this publication that would come the birthday of the giant of the net. Yet it was already a while since its creators worked on it. The myth says that they had known each other for three years, and if they were both passionate about the recent arrival of the web, the two students then did not agree on how to create this search engine. Be that as it may, it was in 1996 that they developed the first version of Google, a “search engine that uses links to determine the importance of individual pages on the Web,”

After raising $ 100,000, they file their final domain name, “Google”, with reference to the mathematical term ‘gogol’, which refers to the number 10100. “This fits well with our goal of building very large search engines. scale, “explained the students at the time. A year later, it is in a garage that the company grows, for reaching a million dollars of capital.

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