Google’s 13th Birthday Doodle: Becoming An Adolescent

Readers to our site will know that one of our loves is that of the Google Doodle, which presents itself on the search engine’s homepage from time to time. Celebrating what is normally an event on the yearly calendar, an individual’s birthday or recognition of work that somebody has created, are just some of the topics covered.

Using the letters in the name GOOGLE, many Doodles have been designed, some of which have been interactive, the most recent being that of The Muppets which celebrated its creator “Jim Henson” and his 75th birthday. Other’s in the past have included Freddie Mercury’s birthday, inventors such as Robert Bunsen and Richard Trevithick who coincidentally created the steam locomotive, the 119th anniversary of the Ice Cream Sundae, Space Travel and so on.

Today its Google’s 13th birthday and what better way to celebrate this day, by having their own designed Doodle. As you enter onto its homepage, you will be met with a birthday scene with the words surrounded by balloons, streamers and the lettering topped off with candles. In the middle a birthday cake awaits incorporating the 13 candles.

According to, the search engine didn’t actually come about until 1998, although its founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page had already built it two years previously. It was to be on September 4th 1998 when the company filed for incorporation, with the domain being officially registered on September 15th. As reported, Google’s birthday officially falls today on September 27th.

Interestingly, the name “googol” was thought up by using the mathematical term for a 1 followed on by 100 noughts. So what will the search engine have in store for us over the next 13 years? Currently Google are locked in a battle with Facebook over their new Google+ social network which was released just a short while back and is available to all. A survey carried out by Nielsen shows that in America, Facebook attracts more users than any other website.

Tell us what your favorite Google Doodle is? For us here at OSM there are a few, but the one that stands above the rest is that of Les Paul’s guitar strings that could be played.