4 Sep 2023


OTD in Tech History 4 September 1998, Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, while they were PhD students at Stanford University. Below a Timeline and FAQ about Google (by officetimeline.com): 1) When was Google created? The search engine Google started development in 1996, and it was originally named Backrub, which later became Google, a play on the term “googol”. Google Inc. was officially founded on September 4, 1998 to market Google Search. 2) What does Google mean? The name Google is a creative spelling of googol, the mathematical expression for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. The term googol was coined back in 1930s, and is attributed to Milton Sirotta, the 9-year-old nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. Also, google has become a verb, meaning “to use the Google search engine to search for information about someone or something on the internet”. Today, the meaning of the term google has widened even more and is often used as “to look up information online” using any search engine.


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