Google turns 23, celebrates birthday with doodle on homepage
Everyone's favourite search engine, Google, is celebrating its 23rd birthday on Monday, and the company made sure to mark the day with a doodle on its homepage. As seen in the image above, the google doodle features a cake with “23” written on top of it, with a birthday candle substituting for “L” in "Google."
Today's doodle, in reality, is an animated feature, as seen here.
However, it is to be noted that technically, Google was founded on September 4, 1998. Though the company, for the first seven years, observed its birth anniversary on the said date, that year, it decided to shift the celebrations to September 27 to coincide with the announcement of the record number of pages that this search engine was indexing.
The history of the doodle itself dates back to 1998, to a month before Google was founded. The very first doodle was on the long-running “Burning Man” event in Black Rock City, Nevada.
Co-founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google is today the most widely-used search engine globally. Its current CEO is Sundar Pichai, who succeeded Page on October 24, 2015. Page, meanwhile, took over the same position at Alphabet Inc. On December 3, 2019, Pichai became the CEO of Alphabet as well.
Alphabet Inc. was created on October 2, 2015 through a restructuring of Google and later became its parent company and that of its former subsidiaries as well.