Search giant Google has entered teens today, the tech behemoth has turned 13. Officially a teenager, Google celebrates its birthday with a doodle Surrounded by multi-coloured balloons and streamers, its logo is adorned with party hats and sits behind a table heaped with wrapped presents and a large white birthday cake with 13 candles.
A click on the doodle takes visitors to a search result page on Google. Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google Inc in September 1998 with four computers and an investor’s $100,000 bet on their belief that an Internet search engine can change the world.
The company filed for incorporation on September 4, 1998, and the Google.com domain was registered on September 15. The search engine officially celebrates its birthday on September 27.
The pair came up with the name as a play on the word “googol”, the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros.
As Google enters its 13th year, the company faces increasing legislative scrutiny and increasing competition from social networking giant Facebook. Google Inc has evolved to become a dominant and potentially anti-competitive force on the Internet, US senators remarked at a recent congressional hearing.
“Google is in a position to determine who will succeed and who will fail on the Internet,” said Republican Senator Mike Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel. “In the words of the head of the Goggle’s search ranking team, Google is the biggest kingmaker on Earth.”
The company has been broadly accused of using its clout in the search market to stomp rivals as it moves into related businesses, like travel search. The Federal Trade Commission is looking into that charge and others, including whether Google manipulates its search result rankings to favor its own products.