Is Google a Boy or a Girl?


Google is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University in California. Together they own about 14 percent of its shares and control 56 percent of the stockholder voting power through supervoting stock. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. An initial public offering (IPO) took place on August 19, 2004, and Google moved to its headquarters in Mountain View, California, nicknamed the Googleplex. In 2017, it surpassed $1 trillion in market capitalization for the first time—becoming the world’s second most valuable public company after Apple Inc.—but has since dropped back below that level.

Google has also faced allegations of anticompetitive behavior and theft of trade secrets from other technology companies such as Microsoft Corporation

The Debate

Since Google’s inception in 1998, the public has been debating whether the company is a boy or a girl. While there is no clear answer, both sides make valid points.

The “Google is a girl” camp argues that the name “Google” was derived from the word “googol,” which was coined by a nine-year-old girl. In addition, they point to the fact that all of Google’s products have feminine names (e.g., Gmail, YouTube, Android), which supports their theory.

On the other hand, the “Google is a boy” faction believes that Google is masculine because it represents power and dominance. They point to its position as the most popular search engine in the world as proof. In addition, they argue that even though some of Google’s products have feminine names, they are still used primarily by men (e.g., YouTube).

There is no right or wrong answer to this debate; it ultimately comes down to personal opinion. However, it is interesting to see how people view gender when it comes to technology companies.


In conclusion, we can say that Google is neither a boy nor a girl. It is an algorithm that has been designed to be as neutral as possible. However, it is interesting to see how people perceive it as either male or female.


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