Google's 25th birthday today: Learn about the world's best-performing search engines

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On September 25, Google will celebrate its 25th birthday.

The world's most popular search engine was originally a research project initiated by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in the late 90s of the 20th century while studying for doctoral studies at Stanford University.

The duo developed a new search engine algorithm in their dormitory that ranked websites based on the number of other sites linking to the site, which they called PageRank, which proved to be much more effective than existing algorithms, and Google quickly became the most popular search engine on the web.

As of last month, Google's global market share was about 92%, with its closest competitor, Bing, holding about 3% of the market, followed by Yahoo with a market share of just over 1%.

The most popular search engine As of August 2023, Google's global market share is around 92%, with its closest competitor Bing accounting for about 3% of the market, followed by Yahoo with a market share of just over 1%

Google's name is derived from the mathematical term "googol," referring to the number 1 followed by 100 zeros, a choice that reflects the founder's intention to collate a large amount of information.

Over the years, Google's search engine has become an integral part of our daily lives, shaping the way we search, communicate, and interact with information online.

In 2006, Oxford Dictionary added the word "google" as a verb to refer to searching for information on the Internet, regardless of the search engine used.

That same year, Google launched Google Trends, an online platform that provides a window into the trillions of searches Google conducts around the world each year. At the end of each year, Google publishes the "Year of Search," which summarizes the major events, people, and trends that captured the world's attention that year.

Top five search terms in the world from 2003 to 2022.

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The most searched term in the world for years

To better understand which categories these 100 search terms fall into, we've divided them into six categories:

The most searched category is People, Celebrities, or Politicians, which accounts for 38% of all occurrences, including Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Donald Trump, and Queen Elizabeth II.

Technology products accounted for 27%, ranking second, including Myspace, Facebook, Apple's iPhone, Pokemon Go and Zoom.

Next is sports, which accounts for 15%, including several FIFA World Cups, the NBA, and several major cricket matches.

Natural disasters and accidents accounted for 8%, including Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 tsunami, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the coronavirus.

Movies, TV series and songs accounted for 7%, including "Harry Potter", "The Matrix", "American Idol", "Gangnam Style" and "Black Panther".

Other popular searches include Ice Bucket Challenge, Paris, Election Results, Wordle, and Ukraine.

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