Google experts know very well how to find the tiniest bit of information available over World Wide Web. They know all about the rare search tricks, Boolean operators, shortcuts and the games. However, there are certain things that even the experts fail to know about Google.
With Google changing its strategy constantly since its inception in 1998, there are a lot of fascinating facts associated with brand.
Here are some of the amazing and fascinating facts that we discovered about Google from its inception to the time when it became a household name.
Google At Its Early Stages
1. The earliest versions of Google had the capability of processing only 30-50 pages per second. Currently, Google processes millions of pages per second.
2. Earlier, Google was stored on ten 4 GB hard drives, which are now proudly showcased by Stanford University. Currently, the index has more than 100 million GB of data.
3. This is one is really cool! The original name of Google was Backrub.
4. A fascinating fact is that the founders were not interested in starting their own business, instead they were looking for people who could buy their search engine system. Very few of you must be knowing that Yahoo initially refused to buy it so. However, later in 2002, when Google tasted success, Yahoo was willing to buy it for $3 billion. Currently, Google is worth $400 billion.
5. When talking about the name Google, not many of you must be knowing that it was a result of misspelling. There are two contrary stories about the same. Some say that the investors misspelled the mathematical term “googol” as “google”. Other story suggests that a fellow student misspelled “googol” while searching names available name for the company.
6. The patent to Google’s algorithm, PageRank is still owned by Stanford.
7. Something that only a negligible population knows about Google is that the company’s unofficial motto is “Don’t be evil.”
Hidden facts about Google Homepage
8. Back in 1998, Google homepage used an exclamatory sign as used by Yahoo.
9. The founders of Google did not know that HTML, so could not make it look fancy and kept it simple instead. This is why the homepage is sparse.
10. Earlier, the users had to press the return key as they had no idea as in how to craft a submit button.
11. The first Google Doodle was created when the founders wanted to convey an out-of-office message in 1998. It was when they were traveling to Nevada to attend some festival. The doodle displayed a man standing behind the second O in Google. The purpose was to make the users know that they would not be able to fix the technical issues.
12. You all must have noticed how Google homepage is aligned to the center. However, until March 2001, it was aligned to the right side of the page.
Google Communications and Apps
13. How many of you actually know that the first tweet by Google was “I’m feeling lucky, as a binary code.
14. Our favorite Google was added to Merriam-Webster and Oxford English Dictionaries as a verb back in 2006.
15. The excellent Google Street View has managed to include 28 million miles of photographed roads.
16. The Google’s reCAPTCHA feature makes use of warped words which are recognized by the users for the computers to acknowledge the words present in scanned books.
17. Even when the words in CAPTCHA are warped, the computers manage to identify words scanned from books.
18. Since 2010, Google, on an average is able to make at least one new company acquisition each week.
19. If you visit the Google Headquarters, you will see that the odd decorations ranging from a T-Rex nicknamed Stan, pink flamingos, a Lego figure, a space ship, Android statues and how to forget to mention the phone boxes painted in Google theme colors.
20. How many of you know that employees are called Googlers and the new joiners as Nooglers.