Google is marking its 25th birthday today with some playful interactive features.
To celebrate the milestone, those using Google’s search bar today will see an animated Google Doodle, that takes you through a timeline of the Google logo before changing into a 25 to mark its birthday.
When users search the term ‘Happy Birthday’, they will also see confetti fall down their screen, again in commemoration of the platform’s 25th birthday.
In September 1998, was created in a garage by two Stanford University students – a humble beginning to say the least.
Who would have thought a quarter of century later it would be the world’s most used search engine with unprecedented access to our personal data?
To mark its 25 birthday, has packed its site with Easter Eggs, including a new Google Doodle – a temporary alteration of its logo – with ’25’ in place of where the two Os would normally be.
Searching ‘birthday surprise spinner’ will bring up the multi-coloured carnival wheel at the top of the search results.
It will automatically start spinning and select a game for you, although you can opt to spin again if you want to play something else.
has also published a gallery of 25 changes made to its search product since it launched, including Images in 2001, Voice Search in 2006 and Lens in 2017.
And a new video shows how the search capabilities have evolved in the past quarter century, assisted by artificial intelligence (AI).
Search ‘how to cut a pineapple’ in 1998 and you’d perhaps be given a few sites, but do so today and you’ll be inundated with a slew of images, explainer videos, recipes and more.
In a blog post today, Google has thanked the public for ’25 years of curiosity’ that has fueled the company’s astonishing success.
‘We love dreaming up new ways that technology can be helpful to you every day, and are endlessly inspired by what you’ve used it to achieve,’ it says.