It's Google's birthday today and as the search giant turns 18, we take a look at how it all started. With Google being the default helpline for each and every thing right from changing diapers to walking the red carpet, we just don't have the answer to, "what if there was no Google?"
Thank God we don't need to answer that and can simply wish a great adulthood of our most 'go to' lifeline... Google.
For the very first time in 2002, Google celebrated its birthday with a Doodle. It had turned 4 and had already achieved a strong reach. But this was not the only thing. Google introduced Google News this year as well and opened its office in Sydney, Australia.
With lot of excitement and frills, Google entered its 5th birthday with the classic birthday cake and hats.
A balloon filled Doodle marked the 6th birthday of Google. Shortly, it made its initial public offering in August 2004.
For the 7th birthday, Google once again shared the concept of the number in a name Doodle with seven pieces of cake to celebrate its successful run in 2005.
The birthday celebrations for 2006 were marked with a cupcake. In the same year, Google also launched Google Calendar, acquired YouTube and also entered the Oxford English Dictionary as a verb.
The 9th year celebrations were marked by Google opening a piñata and sharing the beginning of fun moments.
This year was again a big thing for Google, as it got itself a server stack to celebrate its 10th birthday. Google today owns data centers from across the world, right from Ireland to Singapore to keep all its products running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To mark the celebrations of its 11th birthday, Google added the age in its logo in 2009.
This time we saw an artistic tinge in the 12th birthday Doodle. Artist Wayne Thiebaud who is known for his paintings of cake and pastries added his strokes to give us a delightful Google cake.
For the 13th birthday in 2011, we saw a miniature Google logo with each letter acting as a character at the birthday party. Willie Real, a designer and animation artist who worked on the Doodle stated that he wanted this birthday Doodle to capture the "beautiful imperfections" of stop-motion films.
Google had definitely come a long way by this time and yet we had something new to see on the 14th birthday as well. The search giant shared an animated Doodle in the form of a chocolate cake and letters hidden. Doodler Kevin Laughlin said in a blog post that he thought "revealing the letters through the consumption of chocolate cake would be a fun way to celebrate the occasion, in addition to taking the viewer by surprise utilizing negative space rather than positive."
For the 15th birthday, Google celebrated with an animated and interactive piñata. People for the first time start playing and match scores, every time the browser opened.
The 16th birthday Doodle was a simple and cute birthday cap animated logo of Google in its iconic blue, red, yellow and green colours, with the letter 'G' wearing a party hat. The animated Google doodle showed the letter ‘G’ marking the height of the first ‘O’ and letter ‘L’ making a point, running to get its height marked off on the wall. It simply showed, how far Google had come.
The Google Doodle for the 17th birthday showed an old school desktop screen, a Linux penguin, a Lava lamp and a server with the Lego blocks on top. It was done to show the humble beginnings of the giant today. In the blog post by Google it was stated, “In the world of computer programming, 17 is widely considered the least random number. To assume we made it this far without a little luck, though, would be like assuming lava lamps, turtlenecks, and servers held together by building blocks are harbingers of success. 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.”
Today on its 18th birthday we see a cute celebratory Doodle with ‘G’ blowing up a balloon to form the rest of its name, which of course is touching the sky.
Yes, Google has definitely reached the sky and we just can’t think where it will be in the next 18 years. Any guesses?
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