Google’s 17th birthday was celebrated on September 27, and company designers marked the occasion with a doodle full of reminiscing.
As company representatives have stated, the number 17 is considered by computer programmers “the least random number”.
This popular urban legend was actually confirmed by a poll which received 347 responses. When asked to choose a number between 1 and 20, 18% of the surveyed participants selected 17, probably because it’s a prime number, which makes it more unusual.
To commemorate this special occasion, the company posted a series of photographs from the early beginnings. While Google admits it couldn’t have made it this far without a certain degree of luck, it honors the contribution of its team members, who helped turn the search engine into an indispensable resource.
Although fashion and building design may have changed since the 1990’s, those behind Google’s success story are still the ones that “matter the most”.
Also, designers created an anniversary doodle, showing nostalgia for these bygone times. The image, which reminisces the 1990’s, includes an old-fashioned bulky PC with a CRT screen, a server made of Lego pieces, a green lava lamp, and Google’s original logo, from 1998.
Other elements from the throwback picture are a party hat and a couple of balloons, as well as the Linux penguin peeking from the table.
“For our 17th birthday, we offer a glimpse into our humble beginnings, when branded hockey jerseys were cool and Savage Garden had a number-one single”, explained the team behind Google in a blog post.
September 27 has become Google’s official birthday ever since 2006, after several changes throughout the years. The first doodle marking Google’s anniversary was posted in 2002, on September 8.
For the next two years, the birthday was switched to September 7. Afterwards, in 2005, the celebration was moved to September 26, and the final change was introduced the following year.
Every year, the day has been accompanied by a specially-crafted doodle, and sometimes these drawings celebrating important occasions have courted controversy. For instance, last year, Google protested against Russia’s anti-gay laws by using a rainbow doodle to mark the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Throughout its history, Google has continuously expanded its scope, after being launched on the market as an internet search engine. It has become the 4th largest company in the world, with a market value of around $345.85 billion, and it employs more than 57,000 people from more than 40 countries.
Nowadays, it incorporates innovative elements such as interactive maps, it tests state-of-the-art devices such as self-driving vehicles, and it is also set to tackle the newest trend in technology: virtual reality.
On September 29, Sundar Pichai will be hosting his first media event since he became the new CEO of Google, and journalists are buzzing in anticipation of the news he will be sharing.
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