Google is celebrating its 17th birthday this year with a nostalgic Google Doodle filled with objects symbolic of the first days from when the company started.
The doodle shows an old PC computer with the first Goolge homepage on its screen, a Linux penguin, a server covered in toy building blocks and a lava lamp.
In a blog explaining the doodle, Google has provided a number of pictures from the first days of the company to show the inspiration for the birthday image, including the “inside of Google’s first office, also known as Larry [Page] and Sergey [Brin]’s Stanford dorm rooms”.
“For our 17th birthday, we offer a glimpse into our humble beginnings, when branded hockey jerseys were cool and Savage Garden had a number one single" the blog post reads.
The date of Google’s birthday has changed over the years without much explanation. According to IBNLive, Google celebrated its birthday on 7 September – supposedly marking the day it became an incorporated company – until 2005.
The best of Google Doodles
The best of Google Doodles
May 31, 2013: Interactive and educational, this Doodle marked what would have been the 160th birthday of bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri
March 29, 2005: Instantly recognisable as an homage to Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night, this Doodle highlighted what would have been Van Gogh's 152nd birthday
Feb 8, 2011: Jules Vernes' 183rd birthday Doodle was interactive , where the lever could be moved to change the view in the porthole windows. It was inspired by his novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
August 30, 1998: Where it all began. This Doodle was dedicated to the Burning Man Festival in 1998 and was the first Doodle
April 14 2005: This Da Vinci-inspired Doodle celebrated the famous artist, inventor and all-round renaissance man's 533rd birthday
Feb 7, 2012: Google created an homage to Charles Dickens on his 200th birthday. There are some clearly recognisable characters in this Doodle, which was created with the help of Dickens fans
June 9, 2011: This interactive guitar was inspired by Les Paul, arguably one of the most famous guitar developer, on what would have been his 96th birthday
May 21, 2010: This Doodle was hugely popular and it's not hard to see why. Fans of the old Pac-Man game could play this interactive version around the Google logo, in celebration of its 30th birthday
May 23, 2012: Robert Moog created the electronic analog Moog Synthesizer in the 1960s - a tool still used by many musicians today. This Doodle celebrates Moog's 78th birthday
April 29, 2011: The Royal Wedding Doodle was 'challenging' as the buildings had to be in the shape of the logo. This, of course, was displayed on Google the same day that Prince William and Kate Middleton got married
June 23, 2012: This interactive, coded Doodle marked Alan Turing's 100th birthday. Turing invented the Turing Machine way before computers came along, and is regarded as one of the twentieth century's greatest mathematicians
September 8, 2012: One for the Trekkies, this Google Doodle is interactive and takes the viewer through a series of scenes that feature in the series, taking them to another planet and encountering strange creatures. It celebrated the 46th anniversary of Star Trek's first broadcast
But the company filed incorporation papers on 4 September 1998, though it has never used this date as its birthday, and since 2005 it has marked its birthday on 8 September, 26 September, and since 2012, 27 September.
“When is Google’s birthday? I’m not sure even we know,” wrote Doodle Team Lead Ryan Germick in 2013, adding: “Still, while there’s some differing opinions about when to bust out the candles and cake, one fun fact is that our first doodle was posted even before Google was officially incorporated (30 August, 1998 vs 4 September, 1998).Reuse content