Hello reader! I hope you are fine and safe. Today we’re revealing some “interesting facts about Google“, the search engine and technology company that over a billion people rely on every day.
As you know that, Google is the most used site in the world. Google Inc. is now a multinational technology company that offers a wide variety of Internet-related services and products.
But in 1998, it started as an idea that two Stanford Ph.D. students had for improving the web search process. Larry Page and Sergey Brin incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4th, 1998.
After initially trying to sell their company with no success, they both decided to take Google public with an IPO in 2004 and committed to staying with the company through to at least 2024. They also established a headquarters called the Googleplex in Mountain View California.
Google soared in popularity and is now used worldwide by over a billion people daily. In 2015 Google announced its plans to reorganize its interests in a conglomerate called Alphabet Inc, which is now valued at around 500 billion dollars.
We know that Google has acquired numerous companies and expanded well beyond its search engine capabilities. Some of the services Google now offers to include Gmail, Google Translate, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Chrome, Google Drive, and Google+.
As of 2016, Google has 70 offices in more than 40 countries and the brand itself is worth over 100 billion dollars.
You will get to know a lot about Google, just be with us. But before we get started with the 12 interesting facts about Google, make sure to check our previous post. You will surely like them.
So let’s check out, what are the “Interesting facts about Google“,
Interesting Facts About Google
1. 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.
2. Google’s name comes from the mathematical term “GOOGOL”
Google’s name came from the mathematical term “GOOGOL”, which is a number that is a 1 with 100 zeros following it. When Larry Page and his office mates at Stanford began tossing around ideas for the name, a graduate student named Sean Anderson, suggested the word Googolplex which page then shortened to Googol.
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. He registered the domain on September 15, 1997.
3. The first Google Doodle was inspired by Burning Man
Google has introduced more than 4,000 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. They wanted a creative way to let users know that they would be away and unable to handle any technical issues.
4. 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.
In 2008 Google also signed a 40-year deal to lease 42 acres from NASA at a cost of 3.66 million dollars per year in order to build a new Googleplex headquarters.
5. Yahoo, AltaVista and Excite all declined to buy google
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 seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars.
Google also approached Yahoo and Alta Vista in 1998 but both companies declined to pay 1 million dollars for the startup. In 2002 Yahoo again declined an offer to buy Google for 5 billion dollars and instead made a counteroffer for 3 billion which was turned down. 15 years later the Google brand is worth over 100 billion dollars.
6. 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 two point five percent of Google’s 2016 revenue. Google denied the charges and said they were looking at appeal options.
7. 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 of course, Google was started by Stanford students. University 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 made an arrangement with Stanford to gain exclusive rights to the patent technology in exchange for 1.8 million shares of Google. The university sold these shares in 2005 for 336 million dollars.
8. Google owns common misspellings of its own name
Google has created some extent to shop for the domain names of common misspellings of their website, like gooogle.com, gogle.com with and googlr.com.
9. Google rents goats to mow the lawn of their headquarters
Google is a green community that’s involved in the atmosphere. And one in each of the distinctive ways, they hope to reduce their carbon footprint is by dealings goats to mow their field. Each currently so, the corporate rents two hundred goats per week at a time to trim their field and, filter out the field.
10. The founders weren’t happy when Google was added to the dictionary
In 2006 the Merriam-Webster and Oxford English dictionary 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”.
Reportedly the Google founders were concerned because they had a brand to respect and were afraid that the word Google would be slipped from the trademark status into common usage.
11. There are over 3.5 billion Google searches per day
According to the 2020 stats, there are over 100 billion google searches per month with an average of 3.5 billion Google searches per second. There are over 2 trillion searches annually.
12. Jeff Bezos was one of the first investors in Google
Google received its 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.
Google bought YouTube in 2006 for 1.65 billion dollars. The negotiations only took a week and the deal was made when executives from Yahoo, Google, and YouTube met at Denny’s restaurant in Palo Alto California.
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