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Want to check some event going on near you, or some good restaurant? Or anything that’s in your mind as your project information or sniffing out to your favorite celebrity’s profile. Where do you go for all this search, Google it, Right?
20 years from now all this was not possible, one had to scrutinize the whole bunch of information available and find things that they really required. Thankfully Google has made it easier.
Unraveling all the secrets and mysteries behind the foundation of Google, this article will throw light upon some of the amazing facts about Google.
21 years from now it was very difficult to perform most of the tasks we do today at just one click, let us first learn who paved the idea something like the Search bar to Google, was there anything before it that gave results? Yes, there was yahoo and excite who had made information available on the web, in the form of categories like Education, Health, Mathematics, etc. But they were not successful in making it user friendly and deliver easy navigation to their users like what Google provides us.
So one fine day in 1995, two brilliant minds met each other when Larry Page was a Ph.D. student and Sergey Brin a student, both from Stanford University. They slowly became great friends and as both came from a family background of computers and mathematics they had great knowledge and interest in the same. They kept debating on different intellectual topics in Computers, etc.
In 1996, Larry and Sergey started working in office number 360 in the Computer Science building at Stanford University. Larry had to spend a lot of time on the web for his computer science studies and as I had mentioned web was all bombarded with enormous information which had to be looked on for a long to find something relevant to your need.
Larry realized the fact that the web is messed up with a lot of information that lack relevancy in results. Working on it all for long he discovered that the web is built on links where one page was linked to another or one idea to another.
And he comprehends that nobody had taken the efforts till then to make this navigation easier by analyzing the structure of the Link.
As both of them came from an academic background, they knew that while presenting any paper, it is ranked by the number of citations. The citation made these papers more authentic and reliable.
And hence they interpreted the links as the Digital Citation. And now they wanted a way through which they could analyze the authenticity of a page on the web.
Larry was doing all this out of his curiosity and nowhere in his mind had he thought that he would become the founder of such a big company whose product is used throughout the world.
Page went to his academic advisor and asked for money and space that would help him decipher this whole muddle of Links. He called this project BackRub.
And he started reversing all the links on the whole web to know where they belonged. In March 1996 Larry Page started Back Rub by Sending search bots known as a spider into the whole web to find all the Links. He first started with the Stanford webpage and followed the links and went on to know which webpage had more citations and thus ranked them.
This included a lot of numbers and cannot be solved alone, this was the time when the second mind Sergey Brin contributed to the Project.
They went on segregating webpage on the basis of links they called citations and thus gave Page rank. And they came forward to a lot of data, which they then equated into a mathematical equation to solve it faster.
They understood the fact that the existing search engine like Yahoo, Excite, etc. Could never work due to the lack of the concept of Page rank that did not make the search relevant to the users need.
Working on it for the year they got to know that the more data they had, the more properly it worked.
And now as they had unintentionally built up a unique search engine it was the time to bring it into the market competing with search players like Yahoo having a $100 million market cap.
They were in an attempt to sell their product to the existing Search engines and convince them to change their algorithm to the one they had discovered. But nobody showed any interest.
With repetitive decline to their proposal, they decided to build their own search engine, and they made it available first to the Stanford Network in 1997 and then to the rest public.
Through no marketing but just word of mouth their service grew very popular delivering solutions to more than 10 thousand queries a day by 1998.
They later named this service Google from the word ‘’Googol’’ which is a 1 followed by 100 zeros. Curious to know why this name as they wanted to indicate that they are including the whole web so that it could reflect their work. Googol.com was not available and hence the URL was chosen as google.com.
This was a brief history of how Google came into being and I am sure that you will be amazed after getting so many facts at just one click on our site all due to the great work of Larry Page and Sergey Brin.