Google was founded on September 4th 1997, however, it became a domain officially on this day 17 years ago. I find it incredibly fascinating because it was in late 1999, early 2000 when I first discovered Google. Needless to say, I was modestly skeptical and didn't think it would go on to become one of the world's most popular websites.
I had a relative that attended Stanford University for Psychology way before my cousin Neda Afshar attended (in fact, it was our uncle) and he told me about a website called "BackRub" which was operated on Stanford servers at the time. He also told me Google was once a part of BackRub before it was shut down due to overuse of bandwidth.
About a year after BackRub closed, both Larry Page and Sergey Brin played around with names and ideas on what to call their newest project. It was then, that they both came up with using the name "Google".
In 1998, with an investment of $100,000, Google basically took off from there. Now it is 2014 and Google has managed to become a billion dollar brand. As I type this out, I am actually using a Google product (Blogger or Blogspot) to do so. I am extremely confident that Google will continue to become greater. In fact, by the time I am old and gray, Google will be even bigger than they are now, which is huge.