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Google’s anniversary: Doodle dedicated search engine giant’s 21st birthday

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New Delhi, Sep 27: Google turns 21 today and has put out a special Doodle to celebrate its birthday. The Doodle shows the image of a typical bulky computer popular in the 90s. The subscript of the image in Doodle has a date '98 9 27' (Google date of birth) and the screen of the PC which looks a lot like BBC Micro shows Google page

At the time when Google was launched, there were a few other search engines in the web world with Yahoo being the most popular one.

Google turns 21 today

Google evolved over the years, the algorithms changed and search results became more and more accurate. Google indexes billions of web pages to allow users to search for the information they desire through the use of keywords and operators. Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University in California. Together they own about 14 percent of its shares and control 56 percent of the stockholder voting power through supervoting stock.

How Google is different? The page ranking algorithm

While conventional search engines ranked results by counting how many times the search terms appeared on the page, Larry Page and Sergey Bri theorized about a better system that analyzed the relationships among websites. They called this new technology PageRank; it determined a website's relevance by the number of pages, and the importance of those pages that linked back to the original site.

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The exact methodology of how Google gives preference to one page compared to other is still not clearly knowm. The main reason is that the algorithms keep changing with the aim to provide most accurate search results.

Services offered by Google:

The company's rapid growth since incorporation has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond Google's core search engine (Google Search). It offers services designed for work and productivity (Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides), email (Gmail/Inbox), scheduling and time management (Google Calendar), cloud storage (Google Drive), social networking (Google+), instant messaging and video chat (Google Allo, Duo, Hangouts), language translation (Google Translate), mapping and navigation (Google Maps, Waze, Google Earth, Street View), video sharing (YouTube), note-taking (Google Keep), and photo organizing and editing (Google Photos).

Impact of Google on lives:

Such are the times now that almost everyone has a gmail id. People widely use Google's mail services and cloud storage Google Drive. Even the smart phones, the Android ones, are integrated with Google and we can access photos taken on phone from anywhere as snaps get stored in Google Drive. Google Maps are widely used by almost everyone in the urban areas for navigation. When searching for an address, asking 10 people for guidance has become a thing of the past. It even includes traffic information which allows users to plan their routes in advance. Google has brought about a massive change in the way lead lives. Over the last two decades it really ahs had a significant impact on out lives.

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