If you have never heard about Google, you have come from another planet. Today the meaning of Internet has become Google. I have collected 50 amazing and interesting Google facts. I have given you one of the bonus facts for the last one.
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So let’s begin…
1. Google is a misspelling of Googol. Googol, which refers to the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.
2. ”Google” is added as a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary in June 2006.
3. Google was originally called “Backrub”.
4. The domain GoogleSucks.com is owned by Google.
5. Google hired a camel to create a street view in a desert.
6. Google’s first tweet was “I’m feeling lucky” in binary format.
7. The first Google computer storage was built with legos (the toy building bricks).
8. Google founder had no knowledge of HTML, which is why the Google Homepage is so simple.
9. Early in 1999, Brin and Page decided they wanted to sell Google to Excite. They went to Excite CEO George Bell and offered to sell it to him for $1 million. He rejected the offer.
10. The first-ever Google Doodle was published on August 30, 1998. For celebrating the Burning Man festival.
11. Google’s first playable doodle was launched on Pac Man’s 30th birthday in May 2010.
12. Initially, to go back you had to press the return key on the keyboard because Google founders did not know how to design a submit button.
13. Until March 2001, the Google homepage was aligned to the right of the page rather than the center.
14. Every day, 16-20% of the searches that occur are ones that Google has never seen before.
15. On Google, about 40,000 search queries every second 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.
16. In September 1999, one year after being launched, Google was already answering 3.5 million search queries daily.
17. Currently, Google can analyze millions of pages a second, whereas it is 30-40 pages at initial days.
18. Google processes around 20 petabytes or 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of information daily. The number suggests that approximately almost every person using the Internet uses Google at least once.
19. A single Google query uses 1,000 Computers in 0.2 seconds to retrieve an answer.
20. If you Google ‘I want to commit suicide’, Google provides the Suicide Helpline number of your country above all the search results.
21. During the Egypt crisis in the year 2011-2012, Google worked with Twitter to provide people without an Internet connection to send Tweets by dialing a phone number and leaving a message. This voicemail was automatically translated into messages on Twitter.
22. Google released Gmail on April Fool’s Day in 2004. That’s why many people thought it was April Fool’s Day prank.
23. On April Fool’s day of 2007, Google sent an e-mail out to its employees warning that a python was loose in the facilities. It wasn’t a joke.
24. In 2010, Nicaragua accidentally invaded Costa Rica because of a mistake in Google Maps.
25. 56% of internet users Google about themselves.
26. Gmail was initially used only by the employees of Google before becoming public.
27. Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is ‘to live forever’
28. Google Maps calculates traffic by tracking how fast Android devices are moving on the road.
30. Google has the ability to analyze and track a person’s online behavior and Google informs its advertisers the sites they visited and the ads they clicked.
31. Google’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button costs over $110 Million a year because it helped users skip Google ads, save time, and directly see the top-searched.
32. On August 16, 2013, Google went down for 5 minutes and in that time, the global Internet traffic dropped by 40%.
33. Google loses millions of dollars annually as there is no advertising on their Home Page.
34. The first Android phone released by Google was “Nexus One” on January 5, 2010.
35. In 2015, Google dropped its old motto “Don’t Be Evil.”
36. Google’s first playable doodle was launched on Pac Man’s 30th birthday in May 2010.
37. The total size of the ‘Google Earth’ database is over 20 petabytes.
38. In April 2004, Google announced to open a research facility on the moon, called Googlunaplex.
39. Google encourages its employees to use 20% of their time working on their own projects.
40. Google has the world’s largest network of translators. You can translate from 345 source language to 345 target languages from this network.
41. Many employees of Google become an instant millionaire when Google went public.
42. Older employees are called “Googlers” and new ones are called “Nooglers”.
43. The CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, was the first female employee at Google, in 1999.
44. There are 14% of employees in Google who do not have a degree or who have never gone to college.
45. Google is a “Dog-friendly” company and allows the staff to bring their dogs, provided they follow the “Dog Policy”.
46. When a Google employee dies, their spouses receive half pay from the company for 10 years and their children US$1,000 per month until they turn 19.
47. Google takes more 200 factors into account to deliver the best results for any search query in a fraction of a second.
48. Google rents goats to help cut down weeds and bushes at Google HQ.
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Google facts 2019
49. In March 2019, Google unveiled a cloud gaming service named Stadia.
50. Google has 63,605 miles and 8.5% of submarine cables worldwide. The first cable is named Curie which connects California to Chile.
Bonus Fact: Google was originally called “Backrub”. Why?
Page rank is the most complicated part of the method. It works by ranking pages based on valid backlinks on the website. That is why it was initially named Backrub by the inventors of it.
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