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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Google

Google was founded in early 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University, California, to promote the web search engine that they had developed.

Page and Brin originally called their new search engine "BackRub", because the system checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a site.

Google didn't have a "submit" button in the beginning. Users had to hit the "return" key to generate a Google search.

Page and Brin incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998 at a garage they rented in Menlo Park, California.

Page and Brin were charged $1,700 per month for the space in Menlo Park. Their landlord was Susan Wojcicki, who went on to become Google's eighteenth employee, rising to SVP of advertising and commerce before becoming the YouTube CEO.

A "googol" is a mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros - hence, "Google." It reflects infinite amount of searches on the internet.

The company's mission statement from the outset was "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."

Google's unofficial slogan is "Don't be evil".


Google's founders were willing to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999—but Excite turned them down.

The first use of google as a verb on television was on October 15, 2002. In the fourth episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's final season, the character Willow turns to the eponymous slayer and asks, “Have you googled her yet?”

By June 2004, Google had 4.28 billion web pages on its database, 880 million (880,000,000) pictures and 845 million (845,000,000) Usenet messages.

Gmail initially started as an invitation-only beta release on April 1, 2004. It  became available to the general public on February 7, 2007.

Before Google launched their email service, “G-Mail” was the name of a free email service offered by Garfield’s website.

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Google's initial public offering of stock was on August 18, 2004. The initial price was set at $85 and ended the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded.

The Oxford English Dictionary added 'Google' as a verb in 2006.

In 2006, the Google company moved to its current headquarters in Mountain View, California.

The Android mobile operating system was unveiled by Google on November 5, 2007.

In 2009, Google announced that it had begun to rent goats to graze its grounds instead of using lawn mowers to cut grass.

On August 16, 2013, Google went down for five minutes and in that time, the global internet traffic dropped by 40%.

A man bought Google's domain name from under its nose for $12 in October 2015—he was paid $6006.13, which spells "Google" with numbers.

New Google employees are called nooglers and are given a propeller beanie hat to wear on their first Friday.

A view of the Google logo from the patio of area of Googleplex between buildings 40 and 43.

In the movie National Treasure, the good guys use Google and the bad guys use Yahoo.

Worldwide, there are 100,000,000,000 searches per month on Google. That's 40,000 searches per second.

If you search “askew” in Google, the content of the browser will tilt slightly.

If you search for "elgooG" on Google, it will take you to a Google website that is completely backwards.

If you search for 241543903 in Google images, you will find a lot of pictures of people with their heads in the freezer.

Your "Googleganger" is the person with your name who shows up in Google search results when you Google yourself

Every day, 16% of the searches that occur are ones that Google has never seen before.


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