Upon visiting the Google homepage today, you’ll notice a slight change to their logo, the insertion of their infamous Google Doodles. The difference here is that instead of an animation, video or sketch you get a retro-inspired snapshot in what appears to be letters of one of the original Google logo’s partying it up!

Founding the company in 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Bin were both PhD students at Stanford University at the time. The official domain was registered on September 15th but celebrates its birthday on September 27th.  Originally nicknamed “BackRub” to support their use of backlinks to estimate the importance of the site, the name “Google” is a play on “googol” which is the number one followed by one hundred zeros to reflect the amount of information the search engine would be handling.

Embarking on its teenage years, Google is faced with as much awkwardness as a regular teen entering middle school. It’s major competitor Facebook has combated much of their online presence with Google retorting back with the launch of the Google+ social network. Aside from this, Google has played a significant part in many of our lives as we’ve heard it used as a verb whenever you didn’t know how to do something, you would likely hear “ Did you Google it? “.

The company’s mission statement was “ to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”. Google’s increased growth sparked a plethora of new products and has secured significant partnerships beyond the realm of the search engine alone.