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In January of 1996, two college students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin had begun collaboration on a search engine called BackRub, named for its unique ability to analyze the "back links" pointing to a given website. A year later, their unique approach to link analysis had gained BackRub a growing reputation among those who had seen the technology. Buzz about a new way to search began to build as word spread around campus. They renamed their search engine Google .

Google is a play on the word "googol", which was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, to refer to the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. A googol is a very large number. There isn't a googol of anything in the universe. Not stars, not dust particles, not atoms. Google's use of the term reflects the company's mission to organize the immense, seemingly infinite, amount of information available on the web.

On September 7, 1998 Google became a reality and opened its door in Menlo Park, California.

Today, Google is to be reported the only search engine that doesn't accept money to list some web pages at the top of a search result lists. Instead Google lists pages in order of how many links point to them. Google does not support pop up window advertising either. However, you may encounter pop-up ads when using Google that are designed to be triggered by web searches performed. (We will discuss how to stop these pop up ads in the fourth week of this class.) These tiny "time bombs" can be planted in your browser by any number of software programs that promise to enhance the speed or performance of your web browser.

According to New York-based Internet research firm Jupiter Media Metrix, Google was the sixth most popular Web media property in April.

As of today, Google searches an index of 2,469,940,685 web pages. The number of pages is listed on the home page of Google - http://www.google.com. There are more added each day. You can search for your topic in four main areas - world wide web, images, groups and directories. You can go to the advance search page and narrow your search of your topic even more. There is even a Google Toolbar that you can download for free and add to your Web Browser. Of course you can also create a link as with any other web page in your web browser.


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