To celebrate the landmark, Google has created a special Google Doodle, which explores the most popular searches over the last two decades.
It’s the go-to search engine for many people, and amazingly, Google is now 20 years old.
On this day in 1998, two students at Stanford University launched the new search engine, with the aim of making the world’s information accessible to all.
Amazingly, Google Search is now available in more than 150 languages and over 190 countries.
The Google story begins in 1995 at Stanford University, when a student called Sergey Brin showed round a prospective student, called Larry Page.
In 1996, the two struck a partnership, and built a search engine that used links to determine the importance of individual pages on the World Wide Web.
However, it wasn’t until 1998 that Google Inc was officially born, after Brin and Page received a check for $100,000 from Andy Bechtolsheim.
Google was founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
Brin is now the president of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc, and as of June 2018. is the 10th richest person in the world.
Meanwhile, Larry Page is now the Chief Executive of Alphabet Inc, and is the ninth richest person in the world.
Google wasn’t always called Google – Brin and Page initially name it Backrub.
However, in 1996, the pair renamed Backrub to Google – a play on the mathematical expression for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.
The pair believed the name aptly reflected their mission “to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
While Google was originally based in a dorm room in Stanford, the headquarters are now in Mountain View, California.
However, Google has more than 60,000 employees in 50 different countries.
Google owns more than 200 companies, spanning a range of fields including TV, advertising and even robotics.
Some of the big-name companies owned by Google includes Google Maps, AdSense, YouTube and DoubleClick.
While Google doesn’t provide precise statistics on exactly how many queries it processes, to has previously said that there are ‘trillions’ of searches made each year.
Along with the Google Doodle, Google has also launched a new Insights tracker, revealing the most popular searchers over the last 20 years.
The tool reveals that Teletubbies was the most searched kids’ TV show of 1999, 2000 and 2002.
Meanwhile, Hovawart was the most searched dog breed of 2002.