Google was actually incorporated back on September 4, 1998 and the search engine went live on September 15 that same year.
To celebrate Google's 20th birthday, the tech giant is opening up the garage it was founded in, plus a bunch of other fun things. The Google garage, as it was in 1998, is now explorable on Street View, complete with many CRT monitors, cables galore, and a washer and dryer that Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin gleefully used as part of their rent.
You can now explore the garage as it looked two decades ago using Google's Street View tool.
The garage where Google was founded is a bit rubbish when you consider that the company is worth nearly a trillion dollars today.
The original (and frankly hideous) version of Google was created in this garage.
Page and Brin spent the winter of 1998 working out of Susan Wojcicki's garage, the YouTube CEO who back then was fresh out of school and was afraid of missing her mortgage payments.
The house on Santa Margarita Avenue in Menlo Park is now owned by the tech giant and no one lives there.
You can use Street View to explore different rooms around Google's original HQ.
A 90s-style lava lamp really dates the garage.
Google eventually settled on the bottom of these two logos.
Google has also unveiled easter eggs that will show up in search.
When you look up certain (outdated) search terms like "mp3 file
," "watch a dvd
," "gettin' jiggy wit it
," "page me
," or "butterfly clip styles
," you'll be recommended with things that are more relevant in 2018.
As announced earlier this week, Google Images has also launched a redesign on desktop, which features a new ranking algorithm that will prioritize content that is fresher and can be found on pages where the image is important, like a product page, for instance.
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