On Google’s 21st birthday, a look back in time

On Google’s 21st birthday, a look back in time


Google’s exact “birthday” remains a mystery, but the official line is that September 27, 1998 was the day the startup launched. Today marks the 21st anniversary of the company that has grown into one of the world’s largest companies, now considered by most to be a tech titan.

Not long after the company started, I had the chance to chat with Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page about how his fledgling search engine was different from the powerhouse competitors of the day, such as Infoseek, AltaVista, Lycos and others. Here’s the article I published offering a glimpse at this audacious startup, including tips for getting the most out of what today would be considered primitive search engine.

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