1995 – Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin meet at Stanford University, when Brin shows Page, a prospective postgraduate student, around. The two apparently disagree about everything they discuss.
1996 – By this stage both computer science postgraduate students, the two collaborate on a search engine called BackRub, which eventually takes up so much bandwidth that Stanford removes it from the university servers.
1997 – The search engine’s name is changed to GOOGLE , a play on the word “googol”, the term for the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. It is intended to demonstrate their intent to organise the web’s seemingly infinite amount of content.