The history of Google


Google Search Engine

Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in Stanford, California. It was then called BackRub, which ran on Stanford servers for more than a year

1997 domain name registered was registered as a domain on September 15. The name - a play on the word "googol," a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros - reflects Larry and Sergey's mission to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web.


Google Doodles

The famous doodles of Google were first published in May 2000. The first series of doodles, featuring an alien, was not associated with any particular event.

Language versions of Google

The first 10 language versions of Google were released in May 2000. Today, Google is available in 150+ languages.

Google Adwords

Google Adwords, a self-service ad program, was launched. The program runs using keywords targeting and performance feedbacks.


Google Images

Google Images was launched in July 2001 which initially offered access to 250 million images.


Blogger, Google's free tool for creating blogs was launched. Blogger, which started in 1999 was created by Pyra Labs.



Orkut, one of the most important social networking sites in many countries for several years to come, was launched. Orkut was later shut in September 2014.


The email service by Google, called Gmail was launched on the fool's day. It was first an invite-only, which was later made open to the public.


Google introduced Picasa in July 2004. It is a platform to organize, edit and share images online.

Google Earth

Keyhole, a digital mapping company whose technology was later made Google Earth, was acquired by Google Inc. Google Earth was launched in June, 2005.


Google Maps

Google Maps, combined with Google Local which offers relevant neighbourhood business listings, maps and directions, was launched. Satellite view and directions were later added.


Google Translate

Google Translate was first launched, which could translate words between Arabic and English. Today, translation between 70+ languages is offered by the service.


YouTube is a video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. The service was created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005. In October 2006, it was bought by Google for US$1.65 billion.



Android, the first open platform for mobile devices, was acquired by Google Inc. in July 2005 and was launched on November 2007. The first commercially available smartphone running Android was the HTC Dream, released on October 22, 2008.


Google Chrome

The release announcement of Google Chrome was originally scheduled for September 3, 2008, and a comic by Scott McCloud was to be sent to journalists and bloggers explaining the features within the new browser. Copies of the comic were leaked early and the browser was launched one day after that.


First Tweet by Google

Google's first tweet was a cryptic message written in Binary which read "I'm feeling lucky" when translated.


Nexus One

The Nexus One, an Android device, was launched in the year 2010. The Nexus line of devices has since grown and now includes tablets as well as phones.



Google+ is considered the company's fourth foray into social networking, following Google Buzz, Google Friend Connect and Orkut. It was launched in June 2011.


Google Hangouts

Hangouts On Air become available worldwide in 2012. Many public figures and organizations hosted Hangouts to connect directly with the public, including U.S. President Barack Obama, NASA, David Beckham and Taylor Swift.