The iconic web search engine better known as “Google” turned 19 on September 4, but it wasn’t until today when Google decided to celebrate with its millions of users, as only it knows how to: with a Google Doodle.
When you click on the doodle you get to spin the wheel and play one of the 19 games available. If you don’t like the game the spinner landed on, you can spin again or just type the name of the game on google to play it as many times as you wish. I guess nobody is having a life today.
There is a lot of confusion as to when Google was actually launched, but when Google searches itself, it states as its foundation day September 4, 1998. However, Wikipedia claims September 15, 1997 as its birth. So are we celebrating 19 or 20 years of the landmark that marked the before and after of the searching experience?
In the 21st century phrases like “google it” or “ask google” have become necessities in our daily vocabulary, to the point that the word Google was officially added to the Oxford English dictionary on June 15, 2006, categorizing it as a verb.
For our grandparents and parents, it wasn’t as easy to access information. Libraries were the Google of their generation. Knowledge was a little harder to get to and not everyone had access to it, but some would manage to acquire it nonetheless.
Unlike them, we have knowledge one click away. You want to know about the birds and the bees, you go to Google because you know your parents will beat around the bush on that subject; no more tales of baby deliveries via French stork. You want a list of one-hit wonders in 1930, perhaps you want to know what it was like to be in WWI, well… Google it.
Will that info always be true? No, that’s why they say don’t believe everything Google says, but if you are having a bad day rest assured that Google will give you a laugh because you can ask the most outrageous questions and an answer will be given to you. We can even talk to it and call it Alexa – it’s like having a companionship 24/7- and for that, the world thanks Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
So that being said, let’s celebrate Google’s life because whether some people like it or not it is a big deal.
Cynthia Paola Bautista