Today Google is one the biggest multinational and multi-billion dollar corporations specializing in innovative Internet-related services and breakthrough user friendly digital products. The company was originally founded by the computer scientists and entrepreneurs Sergey Brin and Larry Page when they were both PhD students at Stanford.
There are a lot of different stories about the origin of Google’s search engine and company name. One of the most accurate ones is Larry and Sergey named their first search engine “BackRub”. The name was given because of the specific capability of the engine to search and analyze the Internet web’s “back links”. Back in 1997 Larry and Sergey decided to discuss a new name for the increasingly developing search engine with their friends Lucas Perreira, Tamara Munzner and Sean Anderson.
While Sean and Larry were struggling to think of a solid name which was related to indexing a huge quantity of information, Sean mentioned the word “googolplex”. Then Larry suggested the more short version “googol” which is referred to a super huge number (1 followed by 100 zeros).
However, Sean was not an impeccable speller so he misspelled the word when researching whether the Internet domain name “googol” was available. He wrote google.com and found out it actually was available. As Larry and Sergey really liked the name within moments later they registered “Google.com”. All of this happened around September 15, 1997.