September 27, 2023: Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Google has dedicated a quirky doodle on the homepage for itself today. The GIF shows all of Google’s old logos, ending with the current one in which the two ‘o’s are replaced with the number ’25’.
Google Inc. was officially established on September 27, 1998. The tech giant said in a blog that its journey began when doctoral students Sergert Brin and Larry Page met at Stanford University’s computer science program in the late 1990s.
They worked towards making the World Wide Web more accessible to people and started developing a prototype for a better search engine, said the blog, adding that while the duo started their work from their dorm rooms, they later shifted their operations to a rented garage, which became Google’s first office.
“Much has changed since 1998 — including our logo as seen in today’s Doodle — but the mission has remained the same: to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Billions of people from all over the globe use Google to search, connect, work, play, and SO much more! Thank you for evolving with us over the past 25 years. We can’t wait to see where the future takes us, together,” read the post.
The concept of doodle came by as the founders wanted to show their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert before the company’s beginning. The first doodle was a stick figure drawing behind the 2nd “o” in the word, Google and the logo comically showed that the founders were “out of office”.
Later, Dennis Hwang, who was then an intern at the company but went on to become Google’s doodler, was asked to produce a doodle for Bastille Day in 2000, which was well received by users. Since then, Google started coming up with doodles. So far Google’s team of illustrators and engineers have created more than 5,000 doodles.
Courtesy: Indian Express