It’s hard to believe, but Google, which has become a common household word and the answer to things unknown, is turning 15 this week and as they often do, they’re celebrating this milestone as with many others by creating a new Google Doodle.
Venture over to Google’s homepage and you’ll find a doodle that features a little interactive piñata. Push the play button on the birthday cake. A little “g” character will be blindfolded and using your space bar, you can take a whack at the star shaped prize.
When you’ve exhausted your excitement, type “Google in 1998” into the search engine and you’ll see a page of what the results would have looked like a decade and a half ago. Note the results, approximately 234,000 entries, but you can only see page 1. Now try “Google in 2013” and the results are in the billions. Not surprising.
According to TechCrunch, Google’s 15th anniversary also coincides with a quiet introduction of “Hummingbird”, a new search engine algorithm that allows Google to offer more specific answers to direct questions, by parsing searches on complex questions.
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford in 1995. They’ve sure come a long way from their humble beginnings in a Menlo Park, California garage where they formally created Google, a play on the word “Googol”, a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral “1″ and followed by 100 zeroes, in 1998.
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