21 Facts you don’t know about Google!

Google will celebrate it’s 15th Birthday tomorrow on 7th September, 2013. Let me tell you 21 Facts about Google which you probably don’t know!

  1. Google was named thanks to the misspelling of the word googol, which means a one followed by one-hundred zeros.
  2. The prime reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn’t know HTML and just wanted a quick interface. In fact it was noted that the submit button was a long time coming and hitting the RETURN key was the only way to burst Google into life.
  3. Google’s first ever Tweet in February 2009 was “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010.” Which reads “I’m feeling lucky.”
  4. Google was originally called BackRub. The homepage read: “BackRub is a ‘web crawler’ which is designed to traverse the web.”
  5. Google has acquired an average of one company every week since 2010.
  6. The first Google doodle was a Burning Man symbol. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin went to the Burning Man festival in 1998 and added the doodle to let users know they were away from the office that weekend.
  7. Google hired its first in-house chef, Charlie Ayers, in November 1999, when the company had just 40 employees. Ayers went on to become the firm’s executive chef, overseeing a team of 150 employees across 10 cafes at its headquarters in Mountain View, California.
  8. You can use Gmail in more than 50 languages. These include: Welsh, Basque, Tagalog, Malayalam, Telugu and Cherokee. Around 1,000 of Google’s employees became millionaires when the company went public in 2004. One of those millionaires was masseuse Bonnie Brown, who worked at the company giving back rubs for $450 a week back in 1999.
  9. The “I’m Feeling Lucky” button, which bypasses the results page to take users directly to the first result of their search, has been estimated to cost Google around $100m in lost ad revenue every year.
  10. Google hires goats. In 2009, the company rented around 200 goats for a week to eat the grass and fertilise the soil at its California headquarters.
  11. Almost all of rival company Mozilla’s money comes from Google. The firm pays $300m a year to be the default search engine on Mozilla’s web browser Firefox.
  12. Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin own just 16% of the company. That 16% gives them a combined net worth of around $46bn.
  13. A new Google employee is known as a “Noogler” and a former employee is referred to as a “Xoogler”.
  14. Orkut is very popular in Brazil. Orkut was the brainchild of a very intelligent Google engineer who was pretty much given free reign to run with it, without having to go through the normal Google UI procedures, hence the reason it doesn’t look or feel like a Google application. They are looking at improving Orkut to cope with the loads it places on the system.
  15. Google has the largest network of translators in the world.
  16. Gmail was used internally for nearly 2 years prior to launch to the public. They discovered there was approximately 6 types of email users, and Gmail has been designed to accommodate these 6.
  17. They listen to feedback actively. Emailing Google isn’t emailing a blackhole.
  18. Employees are encouraged to use 20% of their time working on their own projects. Google News, Orkut are both examples of projects that grew from this working model.
  19. Google loves food. Brin and Page have said that no Googler should ever be more than 100 feet from a micro-kitchen with snacks and food. The first chef that Google employed earned $26 million from his stock options.
  20. Google advocates bringing dogs to work and there is even a “company dog” called Yoshka. Yoshka accompanies Urs Holzle, senior VP operations and Google Fellow to the Googleplex.
  21. Some core Google services went down recently for 5 mins, causing worldwide internet traffic to drop off by a pretty huge 40 per cent.

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