Google Images Was Created to Help Search for JLo’s Green Dress
Can you remember a time when there was no Google? The search engine has become such a huge part of our lives and even bigger part of the Internet. However, how many of us know that Google was not as useful as it is today. Google was just a simple text based engine and there was nothing much it could do besides that.
You weren’t allowed to search for GIF, or even images.
Speaking of images, did you know how Google Images came to life? You’ll be surprised to know the story behind that. It involves Google, Jennifer Lopez and 2000 Grammy Awards where she wore her famous green dress.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt revealed this mystery while writing a piece on the search engine for Project Syndicate. He said that people were amazed when they found out that anything in the world can be searched by just typing a few words in their PCs. He said Google was better than anything at the time but compared to today’s standard it lacked many features.
So our co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin – like all other successful inventors – kept iterating. They started with images. After all, people wanted more than just text. This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention.
He said that at the time, Jennifer’s green dress was the most popular search query on Google but they had no way of providing users with exactly what they wanted to see. Google could provide links, but no images. Her wearing that dress gave birth to Google Images.
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It’s easy to find the origin of Google Images funny but it reminds us that even the most brilliant of ideas could come from the simplest of things.