September 1998 – Google Inc. is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin
July 2000 – Google becomes world’s largest search engine and by December has 1 billion indexes
July 2001 – Images search is launched
February 2003 – Google buys blogging platform Blogger
March 2004 – Gmail launches
October 2004 – Google launches Desktop Search and by reaches 8 billion indexes by December
June 2005 – A busy month for Google as it launches Google Earth, Maps, Talk and Video
July 2005 – Android is bought by Google
October 2006 – Google buys video site YouTube
September 2008 – Search index reaches 1 trillion and the Chrome browser is unveiled
July 2009 – Google launches its Chrome OS for netbooks
July 2010 – The first Nexus smartphone handset – the Nexus One – is launched
August 2011 – Plans are announced for Google to buy Motorola Mobility
March 2012 – Google launches the Play store with TV and movie rentals as well as apps
June 2012 – First Google tablet, made by Asus, launches called Nexus 7 and Google Glass is unveiled
June 2013 – Google buys mapping and navigation company Waze to boost its mapping software and self-driving car capability
June 2013 – Google balloons fitted with internet transmitters launched
‘They’ve taken a lead in the second wave of success of the internet, becoming the premier company. It’s like there was a shake-up, and they’re the ones who ended up on top.
‘Yahoo has struggled along, but lots of others have fallen by the wayside. They have continued to innovate. The question is, how long do you manage to stay on top of everyone else?
‘But this anniversary is incredible for them – they’re still on top. To dominate for so long is amazing.’
Despite the milestone date being reached, Google may not be marking the event until later in the month – having put out last year’s Google Doodle to celebrate their 15th anniversary on September 27.
A Google spokeswoman would not be drawn on whether users could expect any birthday surprises during September.
Last year, a Google Doodle showed a birthday cake with 14 candles, which had slices removed until the name of the search engine emerged.
Google traditionally marks its birthday with a Google Doodle such as this one that was unveiled to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Up to 2005, the birthday Doodle was unveiled on September 7 but since that date Google now releases it on September 27
Google Doodles can also be used to mark major milestones in history, as well as birthdays. This Doodle from August 28 this year marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous speech
The first Google Doodle, which is when the Google logo is altered on the site’s homepage in celebration of a particular event, was in 1998 to mark the Burning Man festival.
In May 2012, Google unveiled its first interactive Google Doodle to celerate the 30th anniversary of the arcade game Pac-Man, in association with Namco.
Searchers play Pac-Man within their browser by clicking the ‘Insert Coin’ button.
When players pressed this button a second time, a second player would join the game as Ms. Pac-Man.
The game was so popular, Google made it a permanent site after the Doodle had been removed.
Later the same year, Google unveiled its first animated Google Doodle to mark John Lennon’s 70th birthday with a short clip of his song ‘Imagine’.
A similar Doodle was launched, using a clip of Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ song, to mark Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday in September 2011.
The image, tweeted by Idealabs found Bill Gross shows what Google’s self-driving car sees as it turns left. Gross claims the cars collect 1GB of data every second. Google has become a pioneer in forward-looking technology over its 15-year history