started to refer
Phonebook of the World
in May 2000
after going online
(our site had about 5 pages)
Google began as a research project in early 1996
by Larry Page and Sergey Brin , two Ph.D. students at Stanford
who developed the hypothesis that a search engine
based on analysis of the relationships between Web sites
would produce better results than the basic techniques then in use.
It was originally nicknamed BackRub
because the system checked backlinks to estimate a site's importance.
Convinced that the pages with the most links to them
from other highly relevant Web pages must be the most relevant ones,
Page and Brin decided to test their thesis as part of their studies,
and laid the foundation for their search engine.
The domain www.google.com was registered on September 15 , 1997 .
They formally founded their company, Google, Inc. , on September 7 , 1998
at a friend's garage in Menlo Park , California.
In February 1999 , the company moved into offices at 165 University Avenue in Palo Alto ,
home of a number of other noted Silicon Valley technology startups.
After further outgrowing two other sites,
the company settled on a complex of buildings (known by some as "The Googleplex")
in Mountain View at 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, in 2003 .
Google went public on August 19 2004
trading on Nasdac under the ticker symbol GOOG