Even though Google is the most popular search engine on the Internet and one of the biggest companies in the world, most people don’t know much about it – not even the colors in the logo!
The company was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, but the project began as a Stanford University Ph.D. research project three years before.
Apart from the colors chosen for the logo, here are 10 things that you probably didn’t know about Google.
1. Page And Brin Didn’t Click Right Away
Just as many other friendships, the creators of Google met by chance, and they didn’t get along that quick. When Brin was 21, he was a Ph. D. candidate at Stanford University and was assigned to show then-22-year-old Page around the campus.
Although they had similar visions and interests in the World Wide Web, they used to argue over almost every topic. They even labeled each other as “obnoxious.” Thankfully, they became friends and joined forces to create Google.
2. Google Was Supposed To Have A Different Name
In 1996, when Page and Brin were already friends, they came up with a “web crawler” idea which consisted of a website that could retrieve backlinks. They named it BackRub.
On Sept. 15, 1997, they were ready to register the domain. They reportedly had chosen “Googol,” which is the name of the number one followed by 100 zeros, as a nod to all the data that their search engine could reach.
However, the name of the domain ended up being Google, which has led people to wonder if it is “Googol” miswritten.
3. Google’s First Workplace Was a Garage
When the company was founded in September 1998, the only workplace they had at that point was the garage of one of the employees, Susan Wojcicki, who is currently the CEO of YouTube.
The small “office” is located on Santa Margarita Avenue in Menlo Park, California. Several years later, Google bought the house where everything began and filled it with candy, snacks, and lava lamps.
4. Worst Deal Ever For Google
George Bell, who was the CEO of an Internet portal called Excite, received an offer to buy Google in 1999 for $1 million. Bell declined, saying that the price was too high. He got a second offer for $750,000, but rejected it, too.
Even though Bell couldn’t have foreseen what Google would become, it is still one of the worst business decisions ever made.
5. Google Is The Most Visited Website On The Internet
The fact that Google is the worlds’ most visited website around the world is not that surprising as it is almost everyone’s favorite search engine. What’s really shocking, though, is that a Google search requires more computing power than it took to send Apollo 11 to the moon.
To make things more overwhelming, Google handles more than 1 billion search requests daily, using more than 1 million computers.
6. The Most Searched Topics
Each year, Google releases a list with the most searched topics in that period. In 2018, “World Cup,” Avicii,” and “Mac Miller” were the three most search terms on the internet.
The search engine also tracks the most common questions people ask about a celebrity, and Donny Osmond knows it firsthand. In mid-May, the singer uploaded a screenshot showing some of the most common things people ask about him and also responded most of them.
“Is Donny Osmond in ‘Mulan,’” “Is Donny Osmond friends with Michael Jackson,” and “Is Donny Osmond ill” were some of the questions shown in the screenshot. For the caption, the singer wrote:
“1. Yes, I’m the singing voice for Captain Li Shang in @Disney’s #Mulan. One of my favorite roles yet. 2. Yes. We miss you, #MJ. 3. If I’m ill, I’m just as surprised as you.”
7. Google Is The Backbone Of The Internet
Google is so important for the Internet that, when the company’s servers stopped working on August 16, 2013, the global internet traffic drop by 40%.
The event happened at approximately 4:37 p.m. Pacific Time. Google went down for about five minutes, and it affected all of the services that the company offered at the time, including the search engine, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, and so on.
8. Google Cares For The World
As part of its green initiative, Google has replaced lawnmowers with a herd of goats. They have been doing it at its Mountain View HQ since 2009. The animals graze on the grass, clear the weeds, and fertilize the grounds.
Apart from the fact that getting goats costs almost the same as mowing, “goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawnmowers,” said Dan Hoffman, the director of real estate and workplace services at Google California.
9. They Don’t Only Pay Tribute To The People
Depending on the date, Google’s logo, which is painted in blue, red, yellow, and green, could change. Most of the times, it is done to honor an important person in history.
However, in 2015 (only weeks before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was released), the company included an Easter Egg in the search engine tool.
When people searched for “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” the background of the screen would become black and yellow letters would start scrolling up, just like the opening to the Star Wars movies.
10. Google Has a Parent Company
Nowadays, Google is one of the most important companies in the world and is worth more than $100 billion. Its parent company, Alphabet, is valued at around $850 billion. Brin and Page are its President and CEO, respectively.
Google even conducts contests for the general public you should definitely check them out. Read our article, “Google and other Online contests to win huge prizes“. Also read, “6 Earning apps that pay you for your talent“.
If we missed out on any other unique thing about Google do let us know in the comments.