Mind Blowing Facts about Google: Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, a search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware [via Wikipedia]
Google has dominated our lives in the past decade or so. However, most of us are unaware of many aspects about Google. So, today, we bring to you some amazing facts about the company that rules the world, Google.
40 Mind Blowing Facts about Google
Here are some mind-blowing facts you should know about Google.
1. Larry Page and Sergey Brin met by chance.
2. Google has averaged a new company acquisition each week since 2010.
3. Google was originally named BackRub.
4. Google’s first office was a rented garage.
5. Gmail was launched on the April Fool’s Day, many people thought it was an April Fools’ Day prank.
6. Google has had a pet-friendly office since the beginning.
7. The word “Google” is a play on the word “googol.”
8. In 1999, the chew candy called “Swedish Fish” became the first company snack to be ordered into the Google office.
9. Over 1 billion search requests every day are handled by Google. This is done by using more than 1 million computers.
10. Many Google employees became instant millionaires when Google went public in 2014.
11. It is estimated that Google processes around 20 petabytes or 20,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of information daily.
12. Google has the world’s largest network of translators, enabling users to translate 345 different languages into each other.
13. Alphabet Inc. is Google’s parent company.
14. On August 16, 2013, Google went down for 5 minutes and in that time, the global Internet traffic dropped by 40%..
15. Google reCAPTCHA was introduces to teach computers how to read the text. With 200,000 million CAPTCHAs solved each day, Google’s computers learn how to identify words scanned from books even if they’re warped.
16. Google has photographed 5 million miles of road for its Street View maps.
17. The “I’m feeling lucky” button remains one of the least popular Google features.
18. Google’s first tweet ever was “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010.” which when translated from binary code means “I’m feeling lucky”.
19. Google rents 200 goats to help cut down weeds and bushes at Google HQ.
20. Google Maps’ Street View includes 360-degree views of the Mount Everest base camp.
21. Google.com is also the most visited website in the world, with 3.8 million searches per minute, 228 million searches per hour, and 5.6 billion searches per day.
22. Google acquired YouTube in 2006 for $1.6 billion. It is the second largest search engine, and after Google and Facebook, the third most visited website in the world.
23. Until March 2001, the Google homepage was aligned on the right side of the page instead of centered.
24. Google Drive, the popular cloud storage option, has roughly 800 million registered users and hosts over 2 trillion documents.
25. Google launched its free browser in 2008, and since then there have been have been more than 2 billion installs.
26. Google Play is the official app store for the Android OS. There are currently 2.87 million apps in the Google Play store. [data- March 2020 via Statista ]
27. Google has a index with more than 3 billion websites. When this index would be printed, you’d get a 130 miles high stack of paper.
28. 16% to 20% of all searches have never been searched before on Google.
29. Google domain was sold off by mistake. A guy bought “Google.com” domain for just $12 in 2015 when Google mistakenly put its own domain name on sale. After that, Google took the domain back and awarded the buyer about $6006.13.
30. A person working in Google is called as a ‘Googler’.
31. Google has an open-dog policy across its satellites across the world. Dogs who join their humans at work are known as “Dooglers”. The company’s dog-friendly policy extends to all of its 70 offices in countries including Belgium, Denmark, Israel, Russia and Brazil.
32. As employees are called Googlers, new employees are called Nooglers.
33. In 1998, the Google homepage included a Yahoo-like punctuation mark: the exclamation point!
34. Google was first stored on ten 4 GB hard drives in a Lego casing, now showcased by Stanford University.
35. The first Google Doodle was in honor of the Burning Man Festival of 1998. The doodle was designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed.
36. The first April Fool’s joke was in 2000 when Google announced its mind-reading ability for searches called “MentalPlex.”
37. The company’s unofficial motto is, “Don’t be evil.”
38. One of the early versions of Google could process 30-50 pages per second. Now Google can process millions of pages per second.
39. Headquarters is full of odd decorations, such as a T-Rex named Stan, a space ship, pink flamingos, a Lego figure, adult-sized ball pits, Android statues, and phone boxes painted in Google colors.
40. Google has averaged a new company acquisition each week since 2010.
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