Where did Google's name come from?


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The name "Google" is a play on the word "googol." The creators of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, came up with the name for what would become the largest search engine on the Internet.

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Googol is a mathematical term for a specific number that is written out as the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. According to Brin and Page, the theory behind selecting a name based on this extremely large number is to reflect the mission of Google to organize a potentially infinite amount of information on the Internet. Google.com was registered as a domain name on Sept. 15, 1997.

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