Google’s 20th Birthday: How Alphabet Inc. Reshaped The World

Google 20th birthday is the day we look at Google.

It was Google 20th birthday on September 5th, 2018 and they celebrated with an animated doodle that showcases the company’s spotlights from the past 20 years.

This time frame is extensive for the technology world, and there are not many surviving companies with the same name and structure for such a long period.

Google however still exists and although its growth has been almost uncontrolled, this has not stopped the structure from becoming just one of the companies of a new company even bigger: Alphabet.

20 years is a time span where some of our readers right now did not know a time where Google had never existed. What exactly are the most notable and successful products by Google?

You may already be familiar with them, but here are some that we would like to remind you of, and commend them by unearthing their history.

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Google 20th birthday is the day we look at GMail.

Gmail, previously known as Google Mail, was first founded in 2004 with a mere 1GB worth of available space. In 2004, however, 1GB functioned as a large quantity, and within a year it was doubled, it is now able to hold 15GB (shared with Google Drive).

In the early stages, Gmail was invitation-only and often users had only six available invitations, it later turned to 100. Though it may not have been difficult to register, the registration using the method of invitations still provided a means to check records and ensure exclusivity.

Google Search Engine

Google 20th birthday is the day we look at Google Search Engine.

The most notable product by Google is Google itself. No surprise that this search engine is the most prominent and distinguished in the world, which for many users is synonymous with the internet itself. Very little can be said about the search engine that has reshaped the world.

Born in 1998, it was formed on the basis of indexation of the World Wide Web based on the premise that links between sites will prove more useful than a classical approach where all sites were to be catalogued as if on a simple index.

Due to the links and the correlation, we were provided the unique opportunity to pull up research results that are consistent with the real applied importance of each particular website.

Since then Google has changed: you can search for images, get answers without leaving the site, be protected from dangerous sites thanks to alerts and much more.

The birthday of Google is celebrated on September 27th, the date of the first record of views by Google, since the opening of September 4th.

Google Maps

Google 20th birthday is the day we look at Google Maps.

Google Maps launched in early 2005. It has undoubtedly been the service, along with Google Earth whose maps are integrated since 2006, to have attracted more users right away to the Google world.

The integration of the Street View service, which includes real images taken from different sources, has then made even more futuristic and innovative the service offered by Google.

To date, Google Maps is a much larger software than a simple roadmap, which includes site reviews, traffic information, traffic accident notifications, and much more.


Google 20th birthday is the day we look at Android.

Many could not even imagine it, but Android as a company was born before all the services mentioned above (except for Google itself).Founded in 2003 by Andy Rubin (Founder and lead, Essential Phone ) to create mobile phones more aware of our position and our preferences.

In 2005 it was bought by Google, and the Android operating system will be officially announced just in 2007, four years after the company was founded.  The first commercially available smartphone running Android was the HTC Dream, also known as T-Mobile G1, announced on September 23rd, 2008


Google 20th birthday is the day we look at YouTube.

YouTube is probably the most famous product among those we talk about in this article. YouTube was founded in early 2005 just a month after the creation of Google Video, the first true service for amateur and non-Google videos.

YouTube’s success was not immediately overwhelming, mainly due to the scarcity of quality content and the speed of user networks. The most successful compared to Google Video, however, pushed Google to acquire YouTube at the end of 2006, then going to close its first service a few years later.

YouTube facilitated a radical shift in the universe of news and entertainment. It directed attention away from TV, it made video content creation a simple and achievable thing, and provided quality content direct to your home devices, computers and smartphones.

YouTube went on to introduce live streaming and gaming sections on the portal, and these features successfully captured more market segments on the portal.

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Google Reader

Google 20th birthday is the day we look at Google Reader.

We conclude with Google Reader. Google Reader was a quintessential service; so straightforward that is closure has subjected the online community to grief and lamentation.

Having no competitors and no noticeable decline, yet the service was still chosen to be shut down; thus closing the most noteworthy RSS feed reader on the web.


Google 20th birthday is the day we look at Orkut.

To arrive at our modern-day state, Google undertook the launch of various products, though not all can laud success. The one product that launched with arrogance and was implemented aggressively is Google+.

Even across the YouTube portal, Google+ has heavy influence, often forcing users to switch accounts simply to leave a comment. More recently, the constraints are less strict.

Thinking back to 2004, not many users will remember Orkut, which later closed in 2014. People did join the community, but the user base was 53% from Brazil, and the remaining consisted of US and Indian users.

Google Wave

Google 20th birthday is the day we look at Google Wave.

One of the most innovative services was then Google Wave, a collaborative production software, which could almost be considered a second life of productivity, where users “met” virtually in the software to work collaboratively.

A project that was probably too ambitious, but which at that time had once again demonstrated how Google could push the bar of integration between different services even higher.

Happy Belated 20th Birthday Google!

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