The doodle shows a party hat wearing Google that is perched atop a table laden with gifts, paper plates and a cake. With Google becoming a name to reckon with in the internet search sphere, it has now officially entered the teenager phase when it turns 13 today.
Google has been constantly inventing and re-inventing itself to stay on top of the game in spite of facing some intense competition from various quarters. Most prominent among the competitors is Facebook, that is making all efforts to outsmart Google.
Unlike earlier doodles, that evoked curiosity and excitement with its animated characters or mysterious hidden messages, Google has chosen to be low-key on this big day with a simple doodle. The first birthday Google Doodle started appearing on its home page in 2003. It would be however worth mentioning that in 2003 and 2004, Google celebrated its birthday on Sept 7 before changing it to Sept 27 since 2004.
Google has essentially become a game changer on the internet with Larry Page and Sergey Brin at the helm who began collaboration on a search engine, then called BackRub, in Jan 1996. They registered the domain name on Sept. 15, 1997. The company was however incorporated in Sept 7, 2008. But it was only until Sept 27, 2005 that Google started celebrating its birthday.
Google had earlier stated, "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."