The name ‘Google’ is a play on the word ‘googol,’ coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. A ‘googol’ refers to the number represented by a 1 followed by 100 zeros. It’s a very large number. In fact, there isn’t a googol of anything in the universe — not stars, not dust particles, not atoms. Google’s use of the term reflects our mission to organize the world’s immense (seemingly infinite) amount of information and make it universally accessible and useful.
From Google itself
“When is Google’s birthday?
Google opened its doors in September 1998. The exact date when we celebrate our birthday has moved around over the years, depending on when people feel like having cake. For more on Google’s history:
Now when do they celebrate a company’s birthday? Is it the date the domain was registered, or the company’s incorporation date?
See some more information on Search Engine Land.
While you are at it, check out some cool logos from Google’s past birthdays and more…
They say there are no guarantees in life, but boy, we expect so much from Google and after typing in a word of two, we sure take it for granted to give exactly what we ask for – and for the most part, it does!