Google is the brainchild of Sergey Brin and Larry Page, two former Stanford University students who met during the days of Lycos and AltaVista and wanted to improve how search engines worked. At that time, a user searching for shoes would type the word "shoes" into a search engine and get results based on the number of times the word appeared on a given page. The new approach that the men came up with instead listed results based on the number of websites that linked to a particular page. This technology was known as "PageRank," and it formed the basis for Google, which now runs over one million servers and processes one billion searches a day.
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Posted 13 May 2010