Today we’re revealing some interesting facts about the search engine that over a billion people rely on every day. We’re talking about Google, The company with the most visited website in the world. Google Inc is now a multinational technology company that offers a wide variety of Internet-related services and products.
Google is now used worldwide by over a billion people daily. Beyond its search engine capabilities, some of the services Google now offers includes Gmail, Google Translate, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Chrome, Google Drive and Google+. So let’s take a closer look with these 15 facts you didn’t know about Google.
Its original name was Backrub. Larry Page and Sergey Brin originally settled on the name backrub for their search engine because their program analyzed backlinks to understand how important a website was and what other sites it related to. The name lasted about a year until they began brainstorming new names that would reflect just how much data they were indexing.
Google’s name came from the mathematical term Googol, which is a number that is a 1 with 100 zeros following it. When Page and his office mates at Stanford began tossing around ideas for the name. A graduate student named Sean Anderson suggested the word Googleplex which Page then shortened to “Gogol”. When Anderson went to check if that domain name had been taken he accidentally searched for “GOOGLE” instead and page decided that that would be the name.
Thanks to Google Instant, The original I’m feeling lucky option has been changed since now Google starts narrowing down search results as soon as you start typing in the search box. Another reason why Google may have decided to change this option is that it was costing the company up to one hundred and ten million dollars per year since it bypassed ads to take the searcher to the top result immediately.
The first Google doodle was inspired by Burning Man. Google has introduced more than 2,000 Google doodles on their homepage to celebrate holidays, people, events and achievements. The first Google doodle was a burning man stick figure that founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had added to the homepage while they were at the Burning Man festival in Nevada in August of 1998.
Google made an agreement with NASA in exchange for a private runway. When Google needed a place to land their multiple private planes including a Boeing 767, a Boeing 757 and two Gulfstream V’s. They decided to approach their Silicon Valley neighbor NASA with a unique proposition. In exchange for exclusive runway rights, Google gives NASA permission to use their planes to test scientific equipment and collect data. Google gives NASA 1.3 million dollars a year as a part of this agreement as well.
Google owns common misspellings of its own name. Google has made a point to buy the domain names of common misspellings of their site such as “www.gooogle.com, www.gogle.com, and www.googlr.com”.
Google rents goats to mow the lawn of their headquarters. Google is a green community that is concerned about the environment and one of the unique ways they hope to lessen their carbon footprint is by renting goats to mow their lawn. Every now and then the company rents 200 goats for a week at a time to trim their lawn, eat the weeds and clear out some of the brush.
The founders weren’t happy when Google was added to the dictionary. In 2006 the Merriam-Webster and Oxford English dictionary’s included the definition for Google for the first time but the heads of Google weren’t particularly excited about it. In a blog post the company said “We’d like to make it clear that, You should please only use Google when you’re actually referring to Google Inc and our services” The Google founders were concerned because they had a brand to respect and were afraid that the word Google would slip from the trademark status into common usage.
There are over 2.3 million Google searches per second. According to the 2016 stats, there are over 100 billion Google searches per month with an average of 2.3 million Google searches per second. There are over 2 trillion searches annually, up considerably from 1999 when they first reported 1 billion annual searches.
Jeff Bezos was one of the first investors in Google. Google received their first amount of funding in 1998 before the company was incorporated. The very first investment was $100,000 given by Andy Bechtel Shyne who is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Later that same year amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos was among three angel investors that got in early on funding the future 100 billion dollar company.
Stanford holds the patent for Google’s PageRank algorithm. Stanford University is a prestigious school and several successful companies like Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo and Google was started by Stanford students. Stanford stands to gain a lot by encouraging innovation because by law any discovery or invention that was made with Stanford resources belongs to Stanford, not their inventor. This is why Stanford owns the patent for PageRank the central algorithm that Google relies on.
Google was fined 2.7 billion dollars for violating antitrust laws. in January 2017 Google was fined a record 2.7 billion dollars by European Union Regulators for manipulating their search results. The Regulators found that Google denied users a genuine choice by unfairly favoring their own shopping platform in search results which violated EU antitrust laws. The 2.7 billion represented just over 2.5 percent of Google’s 2016 revenue. Google denied the charges and said they were looking at appeal options.
You can set your Google language to Klingon, Elmer Fudd, and other unique options. If you go to the search settings on the Google homepage you’ll see that Google is available in a wide variety of the world’s languages but you’ll also find a few very unique options that might surprise you. You can change your language settings to Klingon, Elmer Fudd, and Pirate.
Yahoo, AltaVista and Excite all declined to buy Google for 1 million dollars. The founders of Google were not really interested in running their own business, So, they decided to try to sell the company back in 1999. They approached a company called Excite to see if they would be interested in purchasing Google for 1 million dollars but the CEO declined the offer. He also declined to buy the company at a lowered price of 750,000 dollars. Google also approached Yahoo and AltaVista in 1998 but both companies declined to pay 1 million dollars for the startup.
Google replaced Apple as the most valuable brand in the world in 2017. Apple has held the top spot on the list of the most valuable brands in the world since 2011 but Google was able to take that spot from them in 2017. Google’s monetary value increased 24 percent from the previous year to a total of 109.5B dollars in 2016 and apples monetary value dropped from 145.9B to 107.1B dollars in 2016. This allowed Google to come in first but only by 2.4B dollars.
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