- Google which was Originally known as BackRub, was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in a friend’s garage while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University. It has since grown to become the world’s biggest search engine, and the name Google has become synonymous with search.
- Google was named due to the misspelling of the word googol.
Alphabet is the name that Mr. Page and Mr. Brin, Google’s founders, have given the newly created parent entity that will house the Google search business and several smaller holdings like Nest, a maker of smart thermostats, and Calico, a company focused on longevity.
Google encourages its employees to spend at least 20% of their time developing an independent idea which gave rise to some of Google’s biggest projects including AdSense, Gmail, Google Transit, Google News and Google Talk Some of them are so interesting that Google takes them up officially resulting in so many beta products.
- Google takes over 200 factors into account before delivering you the best results to any query in a fraction of a second.
- Google indexes 60 trillion individual web pages.
- Google’s search index is more than 100 million gigabytes in size. It would take 100,000 one-terabyte personal drives to contain the same amount of data.
- The company owns a bunch of domains that are common misspellings of Google, like Gooogle.com, Gogle.com, Googlr.com, and more. Google also owns 466453.com, too …
- Google has been acquiring, on average, more than one company per week since 2010.
- Go to Google Mars. You can see a map of Mars.
- Google Sky Maps allows you to view stars, constellations, galaxies and planets. Check out www.google.com/sky.
- There are more than 2 million Google searches per second.
- 620 million users visit www.google.com daily. Does that number stand for half the world’s population? Maybe not, but it definitely stands for almost all the people use the Internet.
- Over 6 billion who hours of video are watched each month on YouTube — that’s almost an hour for every person on Earth.
- Up to 97% of Google’s revenue comes from advertisements.
- Google written backwards is elgooG, but did you know you could search backwards too at http://elgoog.im
- YouTube makes money through advertisements that are placed near the videos. It works like Google itself. It further earns money through sponsored competition on the website. Google paid $1.65 Billion to purchase Youtube on October 9, 2006, even though they had an in house product called Google Video.
- Google pays Mozilla Millions of dollars a year.A heavy sum? Why? Google and Mozilla 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 and some speculate the partnership also protects Google from antitrust complaints.
- Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin own just 16% of the company.That 16% gives them a combined net worth of around $46bn.
- The “I’m Feeling Lucky” button, which bypasses the results page and takes users directly to the first result of their search, is nearly never used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. It has been estimated to cost Google around $100 million in lost advertising revenue every year.