Google’s 21st Birthday

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21 years ago, two Stanford Ph.D. students, Sergey Brin and Lawrence (Larry) Page, published a paper about launching a prototype of a “large-scale search engine.”

“We chose our system name, Google, because it is a common spelling of googol, or 10100 and fits well with our goal of building very large-scale search engines,” the students wrote.

Today, Google operates all over the world in over 100 languages, answering trillions of search queries each year. 

The scale is large, to say the least.

Happy 21st Birthday, Google!

Editor’s note: The original version of this post used the word “systems” in the founders’ quotation, when in fact the correct word is “system.”

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