The world’s full of funny little links, huh? In a story posted to Project Syndicate, Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, revealed that it was one very famous dress worn by a Miss Jennifer Lopez that basically inspired how we all search for images online.
“When Google was launched, people were amazed that they were able to find out about almost anything by typing just a few words into a computer,” he wrote. “Our cofounders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, 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. At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J.Lo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.”
Who knew? I’m pretty darn thankful for her dress decision since searching specifically for images is something I find myself doing almost once a day. Tech aside, I think it’s safe to say Jen’s happy with her choice too: she had the dress recreated for a concert last summer, and revealed that She’s still got the original safe in her closet.