1995 marks the year when the founders of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page meet at the Stanford University. Friendship flourishes between the two and soon they started contemplating the drawbacks of the search engine named BackRub that operated on the servers of the university, eventually occupying too much of the bandwidth.
It was finally in 1997 that they came to concur upon the name ‘Google’ as an alternative for BackRub, which is actually a play with the word ‘googol’, a number with the numeral one followed by one hundred zeros – that is, to represent the mission to make a seemingly infinite quantity of data available to everyone.
In August 1998, Andy Bechtolsheim made a contribution of 100,000 USD for just the concept of Google and in the following month, the workspace of Google was set up at 232, Santa Margarita, Menlo Park, in Susan Wojcicki’s garage. Craig Silverstein was the incorporation’s first ever employee.
Soon after, in December 1998, Google ranked among the Top 100 Web Sites for 1998 by PC Magazine. The following years saw the ever-expanding growth and development of Google Inc. from that small workspace in Wojcicki’s garage to the amazing company that it is now.
In 1999, the office of Google Inc. was moved to University Avenue in Palo Alto and thereafter, in the same year, to 2400 E. Bayshore, near Stanford University.
In April 2000, MentalPlex, the previous version of Google Suggestion was announced and in May, the first ten language versions were introduced. The same year, Google also won the Technical Achievement and People’s Choice Awards, following which the first billion URL index was launched and Google earned the reputation of being the largest search engine. Later that year, five more languages were added, Google AdWords was launched and the Google Toolbar was released.
In 2001, Google groups was launched, the number of languages was increased to 26 and Image Search was launched. The Tokyo Office was set up, the first international office. The index size had already grown to 3 billion web documents.
In February 2002, the first Google hardware, Google Search Appliance was launched and so was the new cost-per-click pricing. This year, Google Labs and Google News were also launched. Google’s Australian office was set up in Sydney.
In 2003, Google was voted the most useful Word of the Year 2002. The company acquired Pyra Labs, the developer of Bloggers as well as the technology for AdSense. The same year, Google Prints, the previous version of Google Books was also launched.
In 2004, Orkut was launched, as the first step into social networking sphere. The previous version of Google Maps, Google Local, was introduced. Many international offices were setup in various important cities and the Google SMS and Google Desktop Search were introduced. Google Scholar and the forerunner of Google Earth, Keyhole, are also introduced.
Over the year 2005, Google Maps, Local, Blogger Mobile, iGoogle, Earth, Talk, Blog Search, Reader, Analytics, Transit and Gmail are launched. 2006 saw the release of Picasa and Picasa Web Albums. Google was added as a word in OED.
2007 saw the further growth of Google in terms of mobile applications of Google and the introduction of Google Finance. In November, Android was announced.
In 2008, Google Site Search was launched, helping various websites to enable Google powered searches.
In 2009, Picasa for Mac was introduced. We are able to witness the ever-expanding growth of the Google Inc. in these years and this continued to increase exponentially over 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, with various new and revolutionary updates to the existing apps and newer and innovative apps being launched. Google Doodle, an innovative design for the Google homepage was also introduced.
In 2013, Google has announced the integration of Google Maps into the newer models of cars. The story of Google’s history signifies the hard works and persistence of two brilliant minds, who believed in their dream!