Happy Birthday Google! ... Or Is it Goog11e?


Giant Search Engine Celebrates 'When People Feel Like Having Cake'
Why does "Google" have two "l"s in its name today?

Mousing over the altered logo "Googlle" -- or is it "Goog11e"? -- reveals the alt text, "Google's 11th Birthday," a milestone Google is celebrating this month.


So is today the actual birthday? That may not be quite so simple to nail down.

The corporate history says Google has sometimes marked both Sept. 7 and Sept. 27 -- today -- as its birthday.



Sept. 4 also has been bandied about as a birthday of sorts -- connecting as it does to a fairly mundane event in Google's history. On Sept. 4, 1998, the company filed papers establishing it as a California corporation.

Google gave up on the specifics a few years ago and posted a page saying, "Google opened its doors in September 1998. The exact date when we celebrate our birthday has moved around over the years, depending on when people feel like having cake."

Today must be cake day -- though Google's media office did not immediately respond on this Sunday to a request for explicit confirmation.

However, besides the alt text hint, clicking on the logo linked to a search page with a number of references to the 11-year milestone. Not only did the search page's URL contain the element "11th_birthday" within its name, but the first result on that page, headlined "Google" and linking back to the search engine's home page, also contained the term "Google's 11th Birthday."
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