15th Birthday Google Doodle
On September 27th 2013 Google was 15 years old and celebrated on their home page with a 15th Birthday Google Doodle. In that period of time the search engine has transformed into internet behemoth valued at $300 billion. To celebrate their birthday the search engine celebrated in true Google style, with an interactive doodle. The specially designed doodle adopted the theme of a Mexican piñata.
The 15th Birthday Google Doodle comprised a basic video game which invited users to release as many sweets as they could from a star shaped piñata. In order to release the sweets users had to hit the piñata with a stick. Users were limited to a total of ten hits per game. The letters of the Google logo were comprised by personified letters which all bore smiling faces. Users can view and can even play the celebratory 15th Birthday Google Doodle by clicking here.
Google’s 15th Birthday celebrations were not limited to the specially designed doodle. Additional celebrations included a “Google in 1998” feature. This feature provided users with a fascinating insight into how Google appeared at its beginning. Additionally, users were able to view, interact and even make searches through the “Google in 1998” feature. However if users found the old style interface displeasing to them they could simply click on the “Take Me Back To 2013” link for modern service to resume. The celebratory feature is available by clicking here.
Google was founded by two the PHD students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin as part of a research project. Initially the search engine was named BackRub and operated out of a garage in the Menlo Park area. Since these humble beginnings the search engine has become the single most visited website in the globe. Subsequently both of the sites founders have become billionaires.
There is some controversy over the actual date of Google’s birthday. Some analysts point to September 7th as a more plausible date. September 7th was the date that some allege the website was incorporated. Whilst other analysts point to September 15th as Google’s true birthday. The second date is the date which it is generally observed that the domain name “Google.com” is believed to have been first officially registered.
So why celebrate their birthday on September 27th then? The reason for the search engine settling on this date seems to have resulted from an argument which Google had with Yahoo in 2005 over their respective growth rate and size. The argument emerged following a statement launched on software engineer Anna Patterson’s blog. The statement is believed to have been launched as a result of Yahoo announcing that its indexing was much larger than Google’s. In her statement, Patterson revealed that Google had “subsequently expanded its own index by 1000 times.” The statement further revealed that Google would be removing the index counter from their front page of part of a “birthday overhaul”. Since this statement Google has celebrated their birthday on September 27th each year.