Today marks the 15th birthday of the world’s most popular search engine Google. It all started fifteen years ago, in a small garage in Menlo Park, California. Two PhD students from Stanford decided to develop a better search engine. The rest is history.
Every year, Google celebrates its birthday with a special doodle. This year, they created an interactive Google doodle piÃ±ata game. To play the game, just head over to Google. Click on the arrow or play button to start the game. The objective is to have as much candies fall out of the piÃ±ata within 10 tries. Press/hit the spacebar to take a swipe at the piÃ±ata.
The Google Doodle PiÃ±ata game is powered by HTML5 and can be played on a smartphone or tablet. Players can also share their scores on Google+ and even create URLs to keep track of their high scores. You can check out the all previous Google birthday doodles from this link.
Aside from the piÃ±ata game, Google has also created a special easter egg to celebrate this special occasion. To see it in action, open your web browser to Google and do a search for “google in 1998” and hit Enter. Your search results will be displayed the way Google’s website looked like back in 1998.
Google also released something new related to their search engine during a special birthday celebration event held in the same small garage where the company started. There, Google announced a new search algorithm called “Hummingbird” which is designed to handle complex queries.
Happy 15th Birthday Google!