Google is celebrating its 20th birthday today, 27 September 2018, with throwbacks to previous Google Doodles and insights into the top searches over the past two decades.
Gangnam Style was the most searched song in 2012 and 2013, it added.
It has also built a tour of the garage Google was launched in into Street View, along with an easter egg – find the secret trapdoor and turn on the neon light.
“When Google started 20 years ago, our mission was to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” it said in a blog post.
“That seemed like an incredibly ambitious mission at the time, even considering that in 1998 the web consisted of just 25 million pages.”
Now Google indexes hundreds of billions of pages, and offers Search in more than 150 languages and over 190 countries.
“As Google marks our 20th anniversary, [we] wanted to share a first look at the next chapter of Search.”
The company said the next chapter is driven by:
- The shift from answers to journeys: To help you resume tasks where you left off and learn new interests and hobbies.
- The shift from queries to providing a queryless way to get to information: Google can surface relevant information related to your interests, even when you don’t have a specific query in mind.
- The shift from text to a more visual way of finding information: Google is bringing more visual content to Search and completely redesigning Google Images with the aim to help users find information more easily.