this Friday, September 27, 21 years.
More than two decades after its creation, for many it has become an essential in our lives.
Google is able to process 1000 million daily searches in
, according to the company itself, and it is the most visited website in the world. It is even one of the most searched terms in Bing, the search engine of its competitor Microsoft.
The name of Google is so popular, that there are even those who use it as a verb:
googling (or to google, in english).
The Merriam-Webster dictionary, in fact, included the English term in 2006 and defines it on its pages as "using the Google search engine to obtain information on the World Wide Web."
But Google was not always Google.
Its founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, were studying at the end of the 90's a postgraduate degree in computing at the prestigious Stanford University, in the United States, when they wanted to create a website that would classify websites based on the number of pages they make references to them.
This was called BackRub, since it was based on links or links called backlinks, which helped categorize the importance of websites.
But in 1997 they changed the name to Google. They wanted to honor the mathematical term
googol, which is number 10 raised to the power of 100. That is, a huge amount of zeros.
Since the computer language uses zeros and ones, Page and Brin wanted to refer to their goal of organizing the immense information that can be found on the network.
The google.com domain was registered on September 15, 1997, according to Stanford University itself.
Why Google is called Google – LA NACION