Google enters its teenage years today. Look forward to dark times of pubescent tantrums and senses of identity confusion. Nah, just kidding, it's Google. 13 years ago, Sergey Brin and Larry Page incorporated a privately held company to “organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful“. The company had its initial public offering in 2004. In addition to a web search service, Google's services are virtually ubiquitous. Many of us look up directions on Google Maps, blog via Blogger, stream videos on YouTube of course and more so now, use an operating system on our mobile phones and tablets that's owned by Google (that last one is Android) and a social network.

Happy birthday, Google!

Happy birthday, Google!

There's a little bit of confusion, though. We're not doubting that Google doesn't know it's own birthday, but they themselves say that they were incorporated on the 4th of September in 1998. The Doodle seems a little late. The Doodle itself is a photograph of the Google characters, some of them wearing party hats, standing around a cake waiting to blow the candles out. They've even added an exclamation mark, paying tribute to the logo from when they first had one. Happy birthday Google!

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