Technology

CALIFORNIA – Google is celebrating its 19th birthday today and the company has marked the occasion with an epic new doodle .

The spinning wheel occupying the most famous website on the planet serves up one of 19 different surprises when you click on it. This might include a special animation or an interactive game dreamed up by the company’s doodlers.

Each one represents a year of the company’s history.

“In 1997, one of Google’s co-founders, Larry Page, had just arrived at Stanford University to pursue his P.h.D in computer science,” reminisces the company on its official page.

The search giant currently serves 4.6 billion users across 160 countries – who are searching for things in 123 different languages.

It regularly posts doodles to the homepage, which serve to mark a special occasion – usually the anniversary of a birth, invention or event.

Over the last 19 years Google has grown to become one of the biggest technology companies in the world and has moved far beyond just providing search results.

As well as producing its own hardware and software it has stretched into research and development around future technologies like self-driving cars.