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Google officially celebrates its 15th Birthday today!

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It’s hard to believe that about 15 years ago a little startup named Google was introduced to the world.  In honor of Google’s special day, Mashable put together Google’s First 15 Years, by the Numbers; here they are:

  1. Google indexed 26 million web pages when it launched in 1998. Now, it indexes 60 trillion web pages.
  2. Google answered 10,000 search queries a day when it was in beta in 1998. Today, Google handles more than 100 billion searches every month.
  3. The company hired its first employee in September 1998 and had 1,907 employees as of March 31, 2004, a few months before going public. By the end of last quarter, Google had44,777 employees.
  4. Google’s first Doodle was published in 1998 to show that founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were out of the office attending the Burning Man music festival. There have since beenmore than 1,000 Google Doodles.
  5. Google made its first public acquisition in 2001 when it bought’s Usenet Discussion Service. It has now made more than 100 acquisitions to date.
  6. When Google went public on Aug. 19, 2004, its stock opened at $85 a share. Google stock opened at $874 on Friday morning, a more than 10-fold increase.
  7. Google had a market cap of $23 billion on the day it went public. Its current market cap is just more than $290 billion.
  8. The company reported revenue of $961.9 million in 2003, the year before it went public. In 2012, Google reported its first $50 billion revenue year.
  9. Page and Brin opened a Google bank account in September 1998 that consisted of a $100,000 check from the co-founder of Sun Microsystems. They are now personally worth about $23 billion each.
  10. Google acquired Android in 2005. There have now been more than one billion Android device activations and 50 billion mobile apps downloaded.
  11. Google kicked off its Street View efforts in 2007 to map the world. Since then, Google has driven more than 6 million miles across 3,000 cities in 52 countries.
  12. Google introduced its social network Google+ a little over two years ago. As of the end of last year, it had passed 500 million members, 135 million of which were reportedly active users.
  13. Chrome, Google’s browser, launched in 2008. Four years later, it passed Internet Explorer to become the most popular web browser and currently has more than 750 million users.
  14. Google had 38% of mobile ad revenue worldwide in 2011, according to eMarketer. This year, the company is expected to take home 53% of global mobile ad revenue, or about $8.8 billion.
  15. YouTube had around 20 million unique monthly visitors in 2006 when it was acquired by Google, according to multiple estimates at the time. The video service now reports having more than one billion unique visitors each month who collectively stream 6 billion hours of video.

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