Google was originally called "BackRub".

    Google's without a doubt the largest search engine in the world, but its beginnings were humble.

    In 1996, as a research project, Larry Page and Sergey Brin launched a search engine that they nicknamed "BackRub", which was hosted by Stanford University.

    The name "BackRub" was in reference to the search engine's method of checking a page's backlinks before ranking it in the search results.

    In 1997, they changed the project's name to Google, a misspelling of "googol", the number one followed by a hundred zeros, and registered the domain soon after.

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