GOOGLE IT – The Story Behind the Search Engine

Google, according to, was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Crazy, I know! The search engine we swear by has only been around for twenty years!

Mr. Page and Mr. Brind actually didn’t get off too well when they first met in 1995. Apparently, “Larry Page was considering Stanford for grad school and Sergey Brin, a student there, was assigned to show him around…[T]hey disagreed about nearly everything during that first meeting, but by [1996] they [had] struck a partnership.” I, for one, am glad they settled their disagreements, and I’m sure they are glad too. I mean, it’s estimated that Brin’s net worth is about $35 billion and Page’s is near $35.7 billion.

What we know as Google was originally called Backrub, so the next time your teacher asks you what you’re doing on your chromebook, politely reply, “I’m just Backrubbing something real fast.” Backrub was built from the two students’ dorm rooms as a search engine that “used links to determine the importance of individual pages on the World Wide Web” (For those of you uneducated about the techy world you live in, www stands for World Wide Web.) Thankfully, Backrub’s name was changed to Google, as a play on the word for that big number, and also to reflect the purpose behind building it.

In August 1998, Google really began to kick off. Andy Bechtolsheim gave Larry and Sergey a check of $100 thousand and Google moved from the dorm rooms into a garage. Now, of course, Google’s headquarters,“The Googleplex”, is in Mountain View, California. The idea that two young men had has grown drastically. Currently, there are about 85 thousand people working for Google across 50 different countries!

So dream big, kids! And every time you log onto your chromebooks, remember the men who made it happen! Don’t forget to check out our other articles on facts you might not know about Google. Search safely, Grizzlies!


By: Becky Wood

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