Who invented Google? This search engine giant came to be when two computer science graduate students decided they could improve on the search technology that was available in the 1990s. It was only a matter of time before these students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, transformed the landscape of the Internet.
A New, Improved Search Engine
Without Google's search engine, there would be no Google. In 1996, while at Stanford University, Page and Brin tried to think of better ways to scan the Internet and deliver targeted results to a search engine query. Eventually, they found a reliable mathematical method that evaluated page links to help the most relevant search results rise to the top.
Page and Brin first named their invention "BackRub," but they went with the less intimate "Google," which refers to a "googol," or a 1 followed by 100 zeroes. In 1998, backed by some venture capital, they launched Google from a Northern California garage. Unlike other search engines at the time, Google stood out because the company relied more on search than on Web content. When they visited the Web page, users basically had two choices: to enter a search term and hit a search button or to hit a button labeled "I'm Feeling Lucky," which would take the user to the most popular result for the query. The interface was simple, the search was quick, the results were helpful and Web surfers were thrilled.
Acquisitions And Developments
As Google's popularity exploded, so did the size of the company. CEO Eric Schmidt joined in 2001, and the company went public in 2004. Other companies began to rely more and more on Google as they tried to figure out ways to rise in Google search results and generate more business for themselves.
Once small, Google has emerged as a major player in Technology and Business. The company has opened up offices across the globe, and it has bought up companies, including video-sharing site YouTube in 2006. Its new products include the advertising program Google AdSense, the e-mail service Gmail, the browser Google Chrome and, most recently, the collaboration system Google Wave. However, Google's basic search product remains at the heart of the company's success.
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