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60 Things You Didn't Know About Google

Updated: Mar 25, 2023


People sitting around a table with a Search Bar on it

In the world of search engines, Google is undoubtedly the king. With over 90% of the global search engine market share, Google has become a household name and a part of our everyday lives. However, there are many things about Google that most people are not aware of. Without further ado, let's dive into 60 interesting facts about Google that you may not have known.


History of Google


  1. Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 when they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University.

  2. Originally, Google was called Backrub.

  3. The name Google is derived from the word "googol," which is a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros.

  4. Google's first office was in a garage in Menlo Park, California.

  5. In 1999, Google received a $100,000 investment from Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems.

  6. Google went public on August 19, 2004, with an initial public offering (IPO) of $85 per share.

  7. Today, Google is worth over $1 trillion, making it one of the most valuable companies in the world.


Google Search


  1. Google processes over 3.5 billion searches per day.

  2. Google's search algorithm is known as PageRank, named after co-founder Larry Page.

  3. The first Google Doodle was created in 1998 and featured a stick figure in honour of the Burning Man festival.

  4. In 2010, Google introduced Instant Search, which shows search results as you type.

  5. Google's search engine can recognize over 1,000 different languages.

  6. The "I'm Feeling Lucky" button on the Google homepage takes you directly to the first search result for your query.

  7. Google's autocomplete feature is based on the most popular searches for a given keyword.

  8. Google's search engine is so powerful that it can even search for the sound of a particular animal.


Google Products


  1. Google has over 200 products and services, including Google Maps, Google Drive, and YouTube.

  2. Google Drive has over 1 billion active users.

  3. Google Maps is used by over 1 billion people each month.

  4. Google Translate can translate over 100 languages.

  5. Google Maps Street View feature has images of over 10 million miles of road.

  6. Google Photos has over 1 billion active users.

  7. Google's Android operating system is used by over 2 billion people.


Google Technology


  1. Google has over 1 million servers worldwide.

  2. Google uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve its search results and other products.

  3. Google has a quantum computer that is over 100 million times faster than a regular computer.

  4. Google's first computer storage was made of Legos.

  5. Google has a data center in Hamina, Finland that uses seawater to cool its servers.

  6. Google's "Project Loon" aims to provide internet access to remote areas using high-altitude balloons.


Google Culture


  1. Google's corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California, is known as the Googleplex.

  2. Google's company motto was "Don't be evil."

  3. Google's campus has a beach volleyball court, a bowling alley, and complimentary gourmet food.

  4. Google's employees are called Googlers.

  5. Google's dress code is famously casual, with many employees wearing shorts and flip-flops.

  6. Google encourages its employees to spend 20% of their time on personal projects, which has led to the development of some of Google's most successful products.


Google's Impact on Society


  1. Google has revolutionized the way we search for information and access the internet.

  2. Google has been a driving force behind the growth of e-commerce, online advertising, and digital marketing.

  3. Google's search engine is used by millions of people around the world to find information, answers, and solutions to their problems.

  4. Google has been involved in numerous philanthropic efforts, including the Google Foundation.

  5. Google has also been involved in several controversies, including accusations of censorship and privacy violations.


Google and the Environment


  1. Google has committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2030.

  2. Google has invested in several renewable energy projects, including wind and solar farms.

  3. Google has also developed a new way to reduce its data center's power consumption by up to 40%.

  4. Google has partnered with several organizations to promote environmental sustainability, including the World Wildlife Fund and the Environmental Defense Fund.


Google's Business Practices


  1. Google has been accused of engaging in anti-competitive business practices, including favouring its own products and services in search results.

  2. Google has been involved in several high-profile legal battles, including a lawsuit with Oracle over the use of Java in Android.

  3. Google's advertising platform, Google Ads, generates over 70% of the company's revenue.

  4. Google uses sophisticated algorithms to determine the cost of advertising and the ranking of ads in search results.


Google's Future


  1. Google is constantly exploring new technologies, including virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing.

  2. Google's parent company, Alphabet, has several other companies under its umbrella, including Waymo (self-driving cars) and Verily (life sciences).

  3. Google had its own gaming platform, Stadia, which allowed users to play video games on any device with an internet connection.

  4. Google is also exploring the potential of blockchain technology to improve its products and services.


Google's Fun Facts


  1. Google's first tweet was "I'm feeling lucky" in binary code.

  2. Google has a rotating team of "Doodlers" who design the Google homepage doodles.

  3. Google has a "Bike to Work" program that encourages employees to ride their bikes to work.

  4. Google's logo has undergone several changes since it was first introduced in 1998.

  5. Google has its own zip code, 94043.

  6. Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin are both billionaires. (No, duh)

  7. Google has a Google Doodle archive, where you can view all of the past Google homepage doodles.

  8. Google's search engine is estimated to have over 50 billion web pages in its index.



Conclusion


Google has come a long way since its humble beginnings in a garage in Menlo Park, California. Today, Google is one of the most valuable companies in the world, with over 1 billion users of its various products and services. While most people are familiar with Google's search engine, there are many other interesting facts about the company that are not widely known. From its commitment to sustainability to its innovative use of technology, Google continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of technology and beyond.

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