1.) Google started with two students Larry Page, 23 and Sergey Brin, 24, who were pursuing their Ph.D. at Stanford University, when they got the idea to create a new search engine. Supposedly, Larry Page and Sergey Brin did not like each other initially. They thought they have nothing in common, but with time they learned life lessons together, they went on to become best friends for life. This was perhaps a rather strange way of starting a venture as big as Google.
2.) The biggest irony of Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s life is: that there original goal for these two enthusiastic PH.D. Students was to sell their Google search idea for $1 million to whoever was willing to purchase it. However, luckily for them, nobody turned up...
3.) Did you know that Google was originally named Googol? The name failed when Larry Page and Sergey Brin received their first $100,000 paycheck in the name of Google Inc. and they had to run and create a bank account for the name, so that they could cash it. Therefore, the naming ceremony was nothing but an accident.
4.) Google estimates that an ad on its homepage would cost around $10 million, but the page is still not for sale. The founders of the company want to keep the page as it started years ago.
5.) The famous www.google.com of today was once google.stanford.edu and z.stanford.edu, when it was in the testing phase and was working under the website of Stanford University.
6.) In the year 1997, Yahoo rejected an offer to buy Google for $1 million and now the company is worth $20 billion, whereas Google has grown up to $200 Billion. This is perhaps one of the most interesting financial losses of the IT industry.
7.) By December 1998, Google was named the search engine of choice in the Top 100 Web Sites, as shown by PC Magazine.
8.) In the February of 1999, the Google Company moved out of its garage office to its first mountain-view office, with just eight employees. This number is incomparable to the current staff size of Google.
9.) “Lego Computers”: It is hard to believe that there was a time when the founders of Google were short on funds and used economic ways to save money. The very first Google’s storage rack that stored ten 40 GB hard disks was made up of Lego. Can you believe that the most royal company of the modern times had such a humble start?
10.) Why is Google is sometimes nicknamed the “Mountain View Chocolate Factory”. That’s not because its gives its employees lot of chocolates (although it does) it is used as a comparison of Google to Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory - because of a similarity in the cultures of Wonka’s factory and the GooglePlex who both employ slightly strange eccentric but dedicated “engineers”.
11.) It is a very commonly misunderstood fact that Google’s search engine technology of Page Rank was based on its ranking concept, when actually it was named so after the name of its inventor as well as one of the founders- Larry Page.
12.) The most intriguing part of the Page Rank method is that it works by assigning ranks to the pages based on the valid back links to a website. That is why initially it was named Backrub by its inventors.
13.) Up to 97% of Google’s revenue comes from advertisements.
14.) Google has the world’s largest network of translators. Google employs the largest number of people who help transcend the world’s boundaries. You can translate from 345 source language to 345 target languages from this network.
15.) Google is a company of experts who take very calculated risks. Did you know that Google has a 20% and a 5% rule, which say that at least 20% of the users need to use a feature before it is included on any page and at least 5% of the users need to use a particular search preference, before it is included in the feature “Advanced Settings”.
16.) 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 who use the Internet.
17.) It is estimated that Google consists of around 900,000 servers, which are located in various data centers around the world. These servers are placed in high security modern buildings (data centers) to ensure data safety.
18.) Many people wonder why the Google homepage is so sparse, when the actual technology is so advanced. The reason being that when Google was started its founders did not know enough HTML to design a fancy page, and they just wanted to create a quick interface they could use without any instruction.
19.) Google stores the IP addresses used to search with the search query data and date, time and many more such technicalities. There is a saying about Google that goes like “Google knows more about you than your mother.” It helps in protecting your account so that if some other IP address is traced on your account, it immediately tells you that account is opened at another location and protects it from being hacked.
20.) Google’s traffic doubled when the “did you mean “option was introduced. This feature was achieved through the introduction of advanced spell checkers and helped users find suggestions to their search requirements.
Zachary T. Brown