The Internet is so big that we must use search engines to find what we want, and most people’s first choice is a search engine called Google. Google’s homepage is now the single most visited Web page on
the Internet. The name is so well known that “to google” has become a common verb in English.
The idea for Google came to students Larry Page and Sergey Brin back in 1996. Unhappy with the
search engines that were available, they were determined to do better. However, achieving their goal was
a challenge; at that time, no one had much interest in the search engine field. Page and Brin eventually
raised US$1 million to start the company in late 1998.
The first sign of Google’s huge future success came in 1999 when Time magazine named it as one of
the Internet’s top ten websites. Since then, Google seems to have won every available Internet award and
broken records for numbers of users each year. Google currently deals with more than 150 million
searches per day.