If you’ve checked out Google on special days, like Merdeka, The Tokyo Olympics, Teacher’s Day, etc., you’ll have noticed that the logo will have been given a whole new look suitable for the occasion (kind of like us breaking out the baju baru for festivals, kan?)
If you checked out the browser yesterday, you’ll have noticed that the search engine logo, with it’s familiar palette of red, blue, yellow and green had gotten a slightly more festive look- and an adorable one at that!
In light of 23 years of Google, the Google Doodle of the day had been designed to look like a birthday cake (with a double- tiered cake and candle for the L). Give it a few seconds and the cake also tips its hat (the upper tier) and waves at the viewer- the perfect piece to commemorate Google’s 23rd birthday!
In the 23 years since its conception in 1997 and creation in 1998, Google, the brainchild of Sergey Brin and Larry Page, graduate students from Stanford University, has changed the face of the internet in its entirety. Little did the two room mates, who were attempting to build a search engine in their room, guess at the impact of their efforts. From a single server housed in a cabinet of toy blocks, Google now has over 20 data centres globally as they sort through billions of searches made in over 150 languages globally!
Who would have thought that two students and their ideas could have changed the course of the internet, and the lives of millions? The ripple effect and impact of their actions can’t be denied, especially given their mission of making information accessible to everyone.
On behalf of every person searching for answers, from students completing assignments to writers researching articles to people who just want to learn something new- Thank You Google. And Happy Birthday !
[Doodles and information sourced from (where else?): Google.com]