While it was not originally intended as a public product, they quickly realized how useful it was and developed a search engine. They first released it to Stanford students before releasing it to the public. At first, Google had many other features, but they eventually made search their primary focus.
Since the 'spider' software continued to crawl the web, Google's search engine became even more reliable with age. Because of its increased reliability, it quickly grew in popularity. It quickly overcame other search engines such as Yahoo, and in 2000, Google became the largest search engine in the world.
- An early name for the Google search engine was BackRub.
- 'Google' is a corruption of the word 'googol', a name for the number 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000; a 1 with 100 zeroes.
Today, Google has expanded greatly from a a simple search engine. Now, we have Google Drive, Gmail, and dozens of other functions of Google. Google has become so overwhelmingly popular that it has even affected the way we speak. (We use 'google' to mean 'search' even if we are using a different engine.) Since 1995, Google has overcome all competition and revolutionized the internet.
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