Did You Know?
Google was originally called 'Backrub'.
The internet megalodon has been going for 20 years now (imagine the total number of searches!) after starting out as a basic search engine.
It’s the most-visited website in the world, and the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai is thought to be worth £900m in 2018.
But where did Google gets its name, what does it mean and who chose the title?
The name Google was designed to be a twist on the word ‘googol’. A googol is a very large number, which is equal to 1 followed by 100 zeros and expressed as 10 to the power 100. Therefore, the name signified that the website would be providing a lot of information, which is certainly accurate.
Before being called Google, its founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin called it BackRub, because the search engine relied on backlinks to estimate the importance of sites.
The domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997, a year after Brin and Page began developing the project as Stanford University PhD students.
And the first ever Google search happened in 1998, when Page and Brin were demonstrating the accuracy of Google compared to other search engines.