Google’s Early Days
I just came across a paper that has been developed by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, founders of Google, when they both were PhD students at Stanford University in 1998. In their paper they acknowledged the big challenge of indexing the web and explained: “... how to build a practical large-scale system which can exploit the additional information present in hypertext. Also ... how to effectively deal with uncontrolled hypertext collections where anyone can publish anything they want.”
Perhaps in that time they had not predicted such a huge success for Google. In fact, their wonderful search engine showed that addressing the above questions in the real search environment is an achievable task. Although all search engines including Google are still far from perfection, Google certainly does a great job and it deserves its popularity.