15 years ago two Stamford students launched their project — a search engine built on new algorithms and with a goal of organizing the quickly growing piles of information appearing on the web. At the time, rivals like Yahoo, AltaVista, Lycos, Hotbot, Dogpile and more were all ahead of the California-based startup.
It did not take long for that change, as Google quickly surpassed its rivals en route to going from a noun to a verb and launching countless products in numerous categories. Some thrived, such as Gmail and Maps, while others, like Reader and Buzz, are now just memories.
On the occasion of the 15th birthday, the search giant has done what it has become known for over the years — launched an Easter Egg. Over the years, there have numerous of these — remember “do a barrel roll” and “ponies” (type it in YouTube search if you don’t)?
As part of today’s celebration users can now head to the Google homepage and type “Google in 1998″ and get results from that bygone era, complete with the company’s first logo. Happy birthday Google.