Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University, and was formally incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. Google is the most visited website on the planet, but you already knew that, right? However, do you know that Google does 65k+ searches every second? Since the creation of Google, the company is already worth $ 400 billion! This makes Google one of the most valuable brands in the world. Google is an unconventional company with a huge stake in our online lives. We use Android Smartphones, Google Search Engine, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Youtube, Google Chrome, Google Apps and what not. Whenever we are in need, Google is always there for us.
Google’s Initial Name Was “BackRub“
Back in 1996, before Google even existed as an entity, Page and Brin were already making up nerdy names for search engines. According to Stanford’s David Koller, and Google’s own website, Page and Brin’s 1996 foray into the world of search engines was initially called “BackRub.”
Fortunately, they were smart enough to realize that BackRub was the worst tech company name in the history of tech companies, and that they needed to find something a little more appropriate. The domain Google.com was registered on September 15, 1997.
The First Google Computer Was Made With LEGOS
In 1996, PhD students Page and Brin were developing their Pagerank algorithm as part of the Stanford University Computer Science Department’s Digital Library Project. Due to budget constraints (don’t forget, even the founders of Google were once poor college students), the Google team fashioned custom-made server racks out of Lego bricks.
Little Girl Writes Letter to Google to Get a Day Off for Her Dad
This little girl’s father works for Google, and apparently she had it up to here with her dad’s schedule. The little girl begged the internet giant to give her father just one day off to celebrate his birthday.
Here’s what the letter says:
Dear Google Workers,
Can you please make sure when daddy gets to work, he gets one day off. Like he can get a day off on Wednesday. Because daddy ONLY gets a day off on Saturday.
PS. It is daddy’s BIRTHDAY!
PPS. It is summer, you know
Daniel Shiplacoff, her father’s boss immediately wrote a letter back to Katie, saying:
“Dear Katie, Thank you for your thoughtful note and request. Your father has been hard at work designing many beautiful and delightful things for Google and millions of people across the globe.”
“On the occasion of his Birthday, and recognizing the importance of taking some Wednesdays off during the summer, we are giving him the whole first week of July as vacation time. Enjoy!”
Google Has a Company Dinosaur T-rex Named “Stan”
Google has a pet T-rex, named Stan. The dinosaur was discovered near Google’s headquarters and has been “living” on the campus since 2006. The quirky pet, however, has gradually been overwhelmed by a flock of pink flamingos, making it an even more picturesque scene.
Many people thought that the Google T-Rex was a myth, but the Google T-Rex does exist and is located outside of Building 43 at the Googleplex.
Google Is The World’s Most Popular Site
Google is the most popular search engine as well as the most visited website globally. Currently, there are 1.17 billion monthly active Google users in the world. The site was founded on September 4, 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Today, Google processes more than 40,000 searches in a second, ranked number 1 across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and in parts of Africa and Asia. Google allows you to do seriously, anything under the sun. From finding for articles to discovering the latest news, Google got it all under one roof.
Google Has Over 70 Offices In 40 Countries, Including Four In India: Bengaluru, Mumbai, Gurgaon And Hyderabad
Google’s First Tweet Ever
Google’s first ever Tweet in February 2009 read: “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010.”
To most people it is immediately obvious that it is a text encoded in binary.
It’s binary for “I’m feeling lucky“.
Google Is Renting The Goats
Hiring a landscaper to remove vegetation can be costly. Instead, homeowners can rent animals to eat unwanted greenery and trim grass. Google is renting the goats from a company called California Grazing. Apparently, every so often a herder will bring about 200 of them to the campus and they’ll roam around for a week eating the grass.
Google is not the first dotcom company to use goats to keep its lawns in check. In 2007, Yahoo! started to use a herd of goats at its Sunnyvale headquarters to trim the grass.
Google Owns 18,095 Other Domains
It’s the owner of Googl.com and Gogle.com, so if people misspell Google, they will still be redirected to the search engine. Below are some of the domain names Google owns:
Google Maps calculates traffic easy by tracking how fast Android devices are moving on the road
Google gathers GPS data it receives from smartphones and uses it to analyse their speed and location. Google has assigned different colors for different traffic congestion levels, like red is for heavy traffic.
Every time you use Google Maps and allow it to access your location, the app will also send location data back to its servers. That way, when your location is on a roadway, Google is able to analyze in real-time whether you’re actually moving or if you’re stuck in traffic.
Google.com/Mars Offers Visible Imagery View
Google made it easier to take a trek and explore the Red Planet with it’s “Google Mars”. Similar to Google Maps, Google Mars allows users to beam up and scan the surface of Mars, keep track or orbiters, and search for signs of life and old canals. Source
Google Corporate Is Dog Friendly
Dogs at work embody the “tenacity, loyalty and all-around playfulness” of their company culture, says Meghan Casserly, corporate communications manager at Google, “As long as they respect our ‘no peeing on the carpets’ policy.”
Now of course there are some limitations to the allowance, but they are totally legitimate limitations. Evidence of fleas, excessive barking, biting, chasing, and other similar actions are considered unacceptable and the dog will have to be taken home upon the first complaint.