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Google celebrates its 13th Birthday!

How time flies…Google is now 13 years old!!!

I am loving today’s Google Doodle to celebrate the special birthday!






There are various media outlets reporting Google’s 13th birthday today, but we especially enjoyed PCWorld’s spotlight on the company’s 13 milestones to celebrate their special day.

PCWorld: Doodle Celebrates Google’s 13th Birthday: Here are 13 Milestones

Google enters its teens today and celebrates with a Google Doodle of what else?
a birthday cake as it has done in previous years.

Today’s doodle is a little more elaborate than most previous birthday
doodles. The Google logo is there, all right. But you might notice there’s an
exclamation point after the logo. That was part of the original emblem—something
it ditched, thankfully, in 1999. The logo is also obscured behind a birthday
cake, presents, party streamers, cone hats and balloons.


Although most of the time Google celebrates its birthday today, the domain was registered on Sept. 15, 1997 and Google the company wasn’t
incorporated until Sept. 4, 1998. On at least two occasions in the past, Google
has split the difference in those dates and celebrated
its birthday on September 7

Google didn’t start posting birthday doodles to its main search page until
its fourth year anniversary in 2002.

True to high-tech mythos, Google was started in a garage by two Stanford
students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, with $100,000 in seed money from Andy
Bechtolsheim, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems.

Google Birthday Doodles


But it didn’t stay in that garage for long. Less than a year after Google
incorporated, it had already moved twice when in June 1999, it announced it had
secured $25 million in funding for its operations.


By 2000, things began percolating for the search company. Its main rival,
Yahoo!, announced it would be using Google’s search engine for its site.
Meanwhile, it hit the 100 million search queries a day mark and launched its
AdSense program.


The next year the company went global, setting up
its first international office in Tokyo. It also added a new chairman of the
board, Eric Schmidt,
who soon became CEO of the company, and it branched out into image


Google Labs, where the company develops new offerings, as well as Froogle,
its shopping search engine, and Google News were all launched in 2002.


The next year Google got into the blogging business with the acquisition of
Pyra Labs, maker of Blogger. It also launched Google Print, now Google Book
Search, which gave searchers the power to ferret through excerpts from thousands
of books in digital form. 2003 was also the year that lexicographers recognized
a new verb in the English language: to google.


In 2004, Google’s search index reached eight billion
items. As it moved into its new digs, the Googleplex, its garage days were a
distant memory. A most important development during the year was the launch of
its web-based mail service, Gmail.


Maps became a focus of the company in 2005, along with
customizable home pages (iGoogle), an online news reader (Google Reader) and
Google Analytics, for discovering Web metrics. The company also began taking
baby steps into the wireless realm by introducing mobile versions of Gmail,
Blogger and Search.


In 2006, Google bought YouTube, and the following year
it further expanded the global reach of Google Maps and the audience for
applications like Google Docs and Gmail. It also added street level photography
to its maps offering, which opened a can of privacy worms for the company around
the world.


Google continued to reach beyond its search roots in
2008 when it launched a mobile phone operating system to compete with Apple’s
popular iPhone, and it even waded into the browser wars with its own offering,


Browsers and mobile operating systems weren’t enough for the company, though,
and in 2009, it launched its own lightweight operating system, Chrome OS,
although it wasn’t until 2011 that any computers running the system began
shipping in volume.


By 2010, Google was a full fledged behemoth. As such, news about its gee-whiz
developments began to take a back seat to less flattering notices. There was a
, where it was discovered the company was collecting information from
open wireless networks. It joined Verizon in a net
neutrality pact
that appeared to some to be jumping in bed with the


In a move that could transform the company yet
again, Google in 2011, entered into an agreement to acquire the mobile phone
maker Motorola
Mobility for about US$12.5 billion
. Also in 2011, in one of the largest
settlements ever, Google agreed to pay
$500 million
to settle a case involving the importation of illegal
prescription drugs into the United States.

Over the last 13 years, Google has done an enormous amount to make the lives
of many people easier and more productive. It’s made a few missteps along the
way, and it will undoubtedly make a few in the future. By and large, though, it
appears to have tried to live up to its motto, “Don’t be evil.” That’s something
most of Google’s users hope the company will continue to do for the next 13
years of its existence.

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