Google is officially an adult, or so the latest Google doodle says. The search giant is celebrating its 18th birthday today, and not surprisingly, there is a cute animated doodle on the homepage. The animated doodle shows the letter ‘G’ blowing up a balloon to spell out Google, but in doing so blows it up a bit too much and is carried off into the sky. Today’s doodle has been designed by Gerben Steenks.
Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998, and traditionally, the company celebrates its inception on September 27. But there is still a bit of confusion around the real date, and some even wonder if the search giant is only 18 as it claims. If you were to take into account the date and year when the domain google.com was registered, then the search giant would have turned 19 earlier this month on September 15. There are other dates too that can be taken into consideration, like August when the company received its first $100,000 investment or September 4 when Google became an official company with a bank account. You would think this would be the closest date to an actual birthday, but even Google doesn’t seem to be sure.
In fact, such is the confusion around the real birth date that even Google admitted back in 2013 that it wasn’t sure when its birthday really is. But since the first birthday doodle on September 27, 2002, this date has seemingly stuck. Since then, nearly every year we have seen a birthday Google doodle on September 27.
It’s been 18 years since Google was founded at Stanford University by Page and Brin. Since then, Google has risen up to be one of the most powerful companies in the world with a market value ($541 billion) second only to Apple. Last year, Page announced that the company was splitting and will now be under parent company Alphabet.