Way Back When: Google Launched In September Of 1997 And Here's How It's Changed

OCTOBER 13, 2016  —  By Matthew Derrick  
Matthew Derrick

Matthew Derrick

Writer and sassy ginger currently residing in central Pennsylvania. Matt spends most of his free time online shopping for clothing that he doesn't need, perfecting the art of eye-rolling, and indulging in all forms of pop culture.

This past September, Google celebrated its 19th birthday. While the site became legal adult not that long ago, it's hard to remember a world where it didn't dominate internet search.

Prior to its creation, students and curious browsers alike would have to make their way to the local library to look up information. There were no smartphones that you could use to instantly look up virtually anything that came up in conversation.

And as much as we've come to appreciate Goggle for all it does today, the search engine wasn't always such a well-oiled machine.

This is the Google page we all know and love.

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Google began as a research project by two Ph.D. students at Stanford University, but it didn't become a registered domain until September 15, 1997. The goal of the website was to provide users with a database of information that could be easily tracked down based on queried searches. The name Google was taken from the mathematical term "googol."

And before "googling" something became an accepted verb, the site actually had to include guidelines for submitting queries.

Users could sign up for a monthly newsletter known as Google Friends that sent out updates on new features and information indexes as they became available.

In order to include saved web searches from Google on their own webpages, users could download Google stickers containing the searches and code them into their sites.

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It's hard to believe that such a simple research project evolved into our number-one source of information on a day-to-day basis.

How do you use Google? Is it part of your everyday life or something you reserve for asking questions you wouldn't dare ask a fellow human?



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