Ten things you didn’t know about Google, welcome to Websoothe by the way:
Its original name was backrub Larry Page and Sergey Brin originally settled on the name backrub for their search engine because their program analyzed backlinks to understand how important a website was and what other sites it related to the name lasted about a year until they began brainstorming new names that would reflect just how much data they were indexing which leads to the next fact.
- Mathematical term:
Google’s name comes from the mathematical term Google is a number that is a 1 with 100 zeros following it when page and his office mates at Stanford began tossing around ideas for the name a graduate student named Sean Anderson suggested the word Googleplex which page then shortened to Google spelled go gol when Anderson went to check if that domain name had been taken he accidentally searched for Google instead and page decided that would be the name he registered the domain on September 15, 1997, in case you’re wondering a Googleplex is the digit 1 followed by a Google zeroes.
- I’m feeling lucky:
The originalI’m feeling lucky option cost to Google up to one hundred and ten million dollars per year thanks to Google Instant the original I’m feeling lucky option has been changed since now Google starts narrowing down search results as soon as you start typing in the search box but another reason why Google may have decided to change this option is that it was costing the company up to one hundred and ten million dollars per year since it bypassed ads to take the searcher to the top result immediately.
- Google Doodle:
The first Google doodle was inspired by Burning Man Google has introduced more than 2,000 Google doodles on their homepage to celebrate holiday’s people events and achievements the first Google doodle was a burning man stick figure that founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had added to the homepage while they were at the Burning Man festival in Nevada in August of 1998 they wanted a creative way to let users know that they would be away and unable to handle any technical issues.
- Agreement with NASA:
Google made an agreement with NASA in exchange for a private runway when Google needed a place to land their multiple private planes including a Boeing 767 a Boeing 757 and two Gulfstream V’s they decided to approach their Silicon Valley neighbor NASA with a unique proposition in exchange for exclusive runway rights Google gives NASA permission to use their planes to test scientific equipment and collect data Google gives NASA 1.3 million dollars a year as a part of this agreement as well in 2008 Google also signed a 40 year deal to lease 42 acres from NASA at a cost of three point six million dollars per year in order to build a new Googleplex headquarters.
- Google owns common misspellings of its own name:
Google has made a point to buy the domain names of common misspellings of their site such as www.gooogle.com with an extra “O”, www.gogle.com with one “O” and www.google (GOOGLR).com.
- Google rents goats to mow the lawn of their headquarters:
Google is a green community that is concerned about the environment and one of the unique ways they hope to lessen their carbon footprint is by renting goats to mow their lawn every now and then the company rents 200 goats for a week at a time to trim their lawn eat the weeds and clear out some of the brush.
- The founders weren’t happy when Google was added to the dictionary:
In 2006 the Merriam-webster and Oxford English dictionary’s included the definition for Google for the first time but the heads of Google weren’t particularly excited about it in a blog post the company said we’d like to make it clear that you should please only use Google when you’re actually referring to Google Inc and our services reportedly the Google founders were concerned because they had a brand to respect and were afraid that the word Google would slip from the trademark status into common usage.
- There are over 2.3 million Google searches per second:
According to the 2016 stats, there are over 100 billion Google searches per month with an average of 2.3 million Google searches per second there are over two trillion searches annually up considerably from 1999 when they first reported 1 billion annual searches.
- Jeff Bezos was one of the first investors in Google:
Google received their first amount of funding in 1998 before the company was incorporated the very first investment was $100,000 given by Andy Bechtel Shyne who is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems later that same year amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos was among three angel investors that got in early on funding the future 100 billion dollar company.