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30 Amazing Facts About Google | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. The glorious history of Google started with two students Larry Page, 23 and Sergey Brin , 24, who were pursuing their Ph.D. at Stanford University.
  2. Amazingly the name ‘Google’ came from a misspelling of the word ‘googol’, which is a very large number to describe a one followed by 100 zeroes . It was first used by a 9 year old, Milton Sirotta, in 1940.
  3. The fact is that google’s homepage has been known for its simplicity. The simplicity and minimal design is one of the major reasons why Google became more popular than their competitors like MSN, Yahoo!, and AltaVista. Amazingly the minimal design was actually created because of the limited knowledge that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had of HTML.They just provided a quick interface.
  4. Amazingly google has a guideline that the number of words on Google’s home page should not exceed 28.
  5. Google has it’s homepage available in 88 different languages.
  6. The infamous “I feel lucky” is rarely used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. Users wanted it kept. It was a comfort button. Amazing fact is that this button probably costs google $ 100 million a year in lost ad revenue.
  7. It is amazing that google has changed its logo over a thousand times!
  8. Amazingly you can see every Google logo made by clicking “I’m Feeling Lucky” without a search term!
  9. Google’s core search engine ranking system is called PageRank. Each page is assigned a rank that determines its ranking in the search engine results. But the term is not taken from its function; it’s actually named after Google co-founder Larry Page.
  10. The most intriguing part of the Page Rank method is that it works by assigning ranks to the pages based on the valid back links to a website. That is why initially it was named “Backrub” by its inventors.
  11. Amazing fact is that if you type “google gravity” and click ” I’m feeling lucky” , the entire page will lose it’s gravity and you get to play with it.
  12. If you search the word ‘recursion’ on Google, it will ask if you meant ‘recursion.’
  13. In the year 1997,  amazing fact is that Yahoo rejected an offer to buy Google for $1 million and now the company is worth $20 billion, whereas Google has grown up to $200 Billion.
  14. It’s amazing that google uses over 1 million computers for is operation and handles over 1 billion search requests per day. Google processes around 20 petabytes / 10^15 bytes of information Data daily, which is an unbelievable number.
  15. Google has the world’s largest network of translators. You can translate amazingly from 345 source language to 345 target languages from this network.
  16. Google pays Mozilla Millions of dollars a year. They see themselves as partners, not competitors, to make the web better so Google’s contribution provides nearly all of Mozilla’s revenue.  As part of the deal Mozilla makes Google the default search provider in its Firefox web browser.
  17. Gmail was used internally for nearly 2 years prior to launch to the public. They discovered there were  6 types of email users, and Gmail has been designed to accommodate these 6.
  18. YouTube co-founder Steve Chen met with executives at both Google and Yahoo! They did not want to meet at offices so they decided to meet over mozzarella sticks at Denny’s in Palo Alto. Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang came to one of those meetings. Google ended up outbidding Yahoo! for YouTube.
  19. Google Earth reached 1-billion downloads in 2011.
  20. Google has designed amazing driverless cars based around a modified Toyota Prius. Google was granted a licence to test their cars in Nevada.
  21. Google’s headquarters are known as the Googleplex. Googleplex combines the words Google and complex. It’s also a play on the word googolplex which is a huge number ( A googol is 10^100 .A googolplex is 10 to the power of googol!)
  22. Amazingly google offices do not have a dress code. A Googler can wear anything to the office.
  23. Google believes that its employees should not have to go more than 150 feet for food. Therefore, it has food stations placed everywhere within the 150 feet for the employees.
  24. A Google employee is named a “Googler” and a new employee is given the name of “Noogler”.
  25. Google is a dog friendly company that allows its employees to bring their well-behaved canines to office with them.
  26. Google encourages its engineers to spend 20% of their time on ideas of their own. Google has many products that came out of this 20% idea.
  27. Google provides on-site physicians and nurses, who make sure the employees do not have to leave the campus for medical checkups.
  28. Googlers can request to work anywhere for a change of mood. They do not have to go and sit in their cubicles every day.
  29. Amazing fact is that if a Google Employee dies, their spouse gets half pay for 10 years!In fact google employees and their families are covered by travel insurance, even on their personal vacations.
  30. Google rents goats from a company called California Grazing. The goats help Google cut down on the amount of weed at the Google headquarters. Google rents 200 goats plus the herder and a border collie to cut the weeds. Google said it is “a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.”

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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