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Google Commemoration Day – September 7, 2021

We celebrate Google Commemoration Day on September 7 each year. Google is a search engine created as a research project at Stanford University to locate files on the internet. What differentiates Google from its competitors and keeps it in the pole position among search engines is its page ranking system. This system sorts results according to relevance and helps people find answers to virtually everything. Despite its reputation as a premium search engine, Google offers several services such as Google Maps to make life much easier.

History of Google Commemoration Day

Sometime in January of 1996, Stanford University Ph.D. students Sergey Brin and Larry Page began a research project. This project involved creating a search engine, this project would turn out to be the origin of what we now know as Google.

They developed an algorithm tagged “PageRank.” Its job was to identify the relationships between websites. It then assigned a relevance value to a site based on the number of links it had to others. This was in contrast with other search engines that assigned relevance based on the number of times the search term appeared on the page.

Originally called BackRub, they chose the name Google (a misspelling of “googol”) because it represents the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. This symbolizes Google’s commitment to providing information and the infinite nature of information on the web.

In 1997, the domain name for Google was registered on September 15. With over $1 million raised by investors, they were incorporated in 1998. On September 7, they set up shop in California; the date becoming Google Commemoration Day. During that period, Google was responding to over 10,000 queries per day.

The company grew and moved its base of operations to Palo Alto, California in 1999. They relocated to their current headquarters in Mountain View California in 2003. At this point, Google was fielding over three million search queries per day. The main office known as the Googleplex is famous for its informal work environment and innovative style.

Google expanded over time from a search engine, providing wide-ranging services including Google Mail, Google Docs, and Google Drive. Alphabet Inc. was created in 2015 as a result of restructuring within the company, with Google becoming the main subsidiary. Despite facing criticism on topics such as privacy issues and search neutrality there is no denying the influence of Google in today’s digital world.

Google Commemoration Day timeline

1997
Google’s Domain is Registered

The domain Google.com is registered.

1998
Google Opens Up Shop

Google files for incorporation and opens for business officially.

2002
Google Launches the First Doodle

Google displays the first doodle celebrating their birthday.

2006
Google is Added to the Dictionary

“Google” is included in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.

Google Commemoration Day FAQs

When did Google become popular?

Yahoo was the top search engine when Google entered the fray. The early 2000s were Google’s defining years. In 2002, Yahoo tried to acquire Google for about $3 billion — they failed.

Who earns the least at Google?

The lowest earners at Google are entry-level employees at $51,000.

How many people get hired by Google yearly?

Google fields about one million applications and resumes every year. Somewhere between 4,000 to 6,000 of those applications are successful.

How to Celebrate Google Commemoration Day

  1. Google something

    Celebrate Google Commemoration Day by searching on the Google website. You can use one of the other Google products or services as well.

  2. Explore Google’s doodles

    Google is famous for its doodles which change periodically to celebrate observances around the globe. Browsing through old doodles is an excellent way to celebrate, plus it's fun!

  3. Read about Google

    There are tons of publications about Google. Get a book and read or research the history of the company on the web.

5 Facts About Google That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Largest website index

    Google boasts the largest website index in the world with over three billion sites.

  2. Blinding speed

    Despite the magnitude of its website index, Google can sift through the index in less than a second.

  3. Panic mode

    In 2013, Google was unreachable for about five minutes on August 16, global Internet usage dropped by a staggering 40%.

  4. Baby steps

    Google’s first tweet was “I’m feeling lucky,” written in binary code.

  5. 250 million on day one

    Google launched its image search system with a bang; starting with over 250 million images. launched in a big way.

Why We Love Google Commemoration Day

  1. Google makes life easier

    From Google Sheets to Google Drive and Google Mail, we all use one Google product or the other. What would the world be without Google? Hopefully, we never have to find out.

  2. It creates employment

    Google has offices all over the world. They have over 60,000 employees in 40 nations all over the world who work together to make the company what it is today.

  3. It fosters creativity

    Google has always been an advocate of innovation and creativity. Just take the famous Googleplex as an example of the way they revolutionize work culture.

Google Commemoration Day dates

YearDateDay
2021September 7Tuesday
2022September 7Wednesday
2023September 7Thursday
2024September 7Saturday
2025September 7Sunday

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