Google Looking to Future After 20 Years of Search
Google celebrated its 20th birthday on Monday, marking two decades in which it has grown from simply a better way to explore the internet to a search engine so woven into daily life its name has become a verb.
The company was set to mark its 20th anniversary with an event in San Francisco devoted to the future of online search, promising a few surprise announcements.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin were students at Stanford University when they came up with a way to efficiently index and search the internet.
The duo went beyond simply counting the number of times keywords were used, developing software that took into account factors such as
relationships between webpages to help determine where they should rank in search results.
Google was launched in September 1998 in a garage rented in the Northern California city of Menlo Park. The name is a play on the
mathematical term “googol,” which refers to the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.
Google reportedly ran for a while on computer servers at Stanford, where a version of the search had been tested. And Silicon Valley legend
has it that Brin and Page offered to sell the company early on for a million dollars or so, but no deal came together. Google later moved its
headquarters to Mountain View, where it remains.
In August 2004, Google went public on the stock market with shares priced at $85. Shares in the multibillion-dollar company are now trading above $1,000.