September 25, 2020 | Categorised in:

Google is by far the world’s biggest and most popular internet search engine, used for an astounding 5.6 billion searches every single day. But while we all use Google to ask every question we can think of, things haven’t always been so clear when asking about Google itself.

For example, when is Google’s birthday? And why has anyone ever been confused about this? We’ve taken a look to find out.

When Is Google’s Birthday?

Most people consider Google’s official birthday to be Sept. 27.

As most Google users know, popular world events are commemorated on the search engine with a picture or animation known as a “Google Doodle.” This includes Google’s birthday itself, which is celebrated with a different doodle each year.

The first Google birthday doodle appeared in 2002, on Sept. 27. However, the following year it showed up on Sept. 8, and then on Sept. 7 in 2004. In 2005, the birthday doodle appeared on Sept. 26.

For this reason, there has been a lot of confusion about when Google’s birthday actually is. We think we can safely say it’s generally considered to be Sept. 27, though, as the birthday doodle has appeared on this date every year since 2006.

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How old is Google?

Again, this is a subject that causes some confusion. Most people consider Google to have been established in 1998 when the business was registered, which would make it 22 years old this year. However, the domain name “” was originally registered by Google’s creators on Sept. 15, 1997.

If we stick with the Google Doodle view of things, however, Google turned 20 in 2018, which means the search engine is officially turning 22 this year.

How did Google begin?

Google was the brainchild of Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page, two PhD students at Stanford University in the USA. They were interested in the idea of developing a large-scale internet search engine, and in 1998 they launched their prototype.googles birthday

The name “Google” came from “googol,” which is the term used to refer to the number one followed by 100 zeroes. This name was chosen to reflect the huge amounts of data that were available on the internet for people to search for.

In time, the name “Google” itself found its way into our everyday language. The verb “to Google” was added to the dictionary in 2006, making Google’s domination of the internet search engine world complete.

Now 22, from all of us at Amire, happy birthday Google!  We’d be lost without you!


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