Today is Google’s 14th birthday and the company is celebrating it by a chocolate cake Google Doodle on its homepage.
The animated doodle shows a chocolate cake with 14 candles on it and the Google logo etched on the cake. The cake then gets covered in Google colours and the 14 candles rearrange themselves as tally marks to denote the number 14.
Fourteen years back, Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google which is the biggest search engine ever. Google didn’t start posting birthday doodles to its main search page until its fourth year anniversary in 2002.
The first Google Doodle appeared in 1998 as an “out of the office” message. The Google engineers took off to the Burning Man Feastival and placed a special logo on the page letting people know they weren’t around for maintenance:
Google got their name from a misspelling of the word “googol”, the number 1 followed by 100 zeros, which was picked to signify that the search engine wanted to provide large quantities of information for people.
The domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997, and the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998. It was based in a friend’s (Susan Wojcicki) garage in Menlo Park, California. Craig Silverstein, a fellow PhD student at Stanford, was hired as the first employee.
Google has been estimated to run over one million servers in data centers around the world, and process over one billion search requests and about twenty-four petabytes of user-generated data every day.(source)