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10 interesting facts about Google, the 1 trillion-dollar tech giant

The tech-giant Google turned 23 this September and since its launch, the company has come a long way. Here are some crazy interesting facts about Google that you need to know right now.

September 6, 2021: Google is a huge technology giant that has made its name in the odd 20 years of its existence. The most sought-after search engine had a very humble beginning thought but two great minds made the search engine happen and now Google is a parent company to a bunch of what its millennials users call ‘cool tech.’ Here are some amazing and interesting facts about Google – the tech services you love and adore.

Interesting facts about Google, a $ 1 trillion tech giant

Google, a search engine launched in 1997 by two Stanford students: Larry Page and Sergey Brin. For two years, these students had worked on an advanced method for finding information on the Internet. Since the creation of Google, the company is already worth $ 1 trillion! If this isn’t intriguing enough, here’s are 10 facts about Google – the rise of a small brainchild to worldwide coverage.

10 interesting facts about Google

1.Google was originally named BackRub

In 1996, Page and Brin collaborated on a pioneering “web crawler” concept curiously called BackRub. Some speculate that the early search engine’s nomenclature was a nod to retrieving backlinks. BackRub, which linked to Brin’s and Page’s ’90s style original homepages, lived on Stanford’s servers for more than a year, but eventually chewed up too much bandwidth.

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Image: Science Monitor

2. Google is a play on the word “googol”

On September 15, 1997, over the BackRub title, Page and Brin registered the domain name of their mushrooming project as Google, a twist on “googol,” a mathematical term represented by the numeral one followed by 100 zeros. The name hinted at the seemingly infinite amount of data the brainy pair code their fledgling search engine to mine, make sense of and deliver. Many wondered if Google is a misspelling of Googol.

3. Yahoo and Google missed transaction history

Since the founders weren’t looking to start their own business, they tried to sell their search engine system. Yahoo originally said no, but in 2002 offered to buy Google for $3 billion. Google said no, and it’s now valued at 1 trillion dollars.

4. Google’s first doodle was a Burning Man stick figure

The inaugural doodle was an out-of-the-office message that Page and Brin created in August 30 of 1998 to let people know they’d shipped off to the Burning Man festival. The future billionaires positioned the iconic Man behind the second “o” in Google’s logo.

5. Swedish Chef is a language preference in Google search

In 2001, Google got in touch with its inner yodelling Muppet and opened the gates for search queries and results in Swedish Chef lingo (called Bork Bork Bork, to be technical). Other “joke” languages you can tickle Google’s algorithm with include: Elmer Fudd, Pirate, Klingon, Pig Latin and, of course, Hacker (a.k.a. 1337sp34k). Google added Klingon as a language interface option in 2002 as well. Nerd much!

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Image: Wired

6. Google and Stanford

By combining their Mathematics and Computer Science expertise, the Google co-founders created the PageRank algorithm which led to search engine optimisation. SEO arrived with the Google toolbar which allowed webmasters to compare how Google saw their sites. Stanford still owns the patent to Google’s algorithm, named PageRank. Google.stanford.edu was the first version of Google the search engine and would regularly crash Stanford’s Internet connection.

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Image: NPR

7. Gmail was launched on April Fool’s Day

Toying with Silicon Valley’s longstanding tradition of pulling April Fool’s Day pranks, Google unveiled Gmail on April 1, 2004, in a wackily worded announcement that was widely misconstrued as a hoax. It wasn’t Google Gulp. It was a brilliant double fake and the precursor to a Google staple that now serves millions of users across the world every day.

8. Google became a verb in this cult classic

The first instance of Google being used as a verb – “to Google” something, on television occurred during an October 15, 2002, episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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9. Google uses goats to do what?

As part of their green initiative, Google regularly rents goats to mow the lawns of their mountain view HQ. In 2009 Google caused a stir when it published a blog post about renting a herd of goats to keep the grass short at its California headquarters. The company said it was a “low carbon” approach to lawn maintenance and even hired a border collie, called Jen, to keep the goats in check.

10. Google has the largest index of websites in the world

Google has a index with more than 3 billion websites. When this index would be printed, you’d get a 130 miles high stack of paper. Google searches through all these websites in less than half a second. This also shows the importance of SEO, you’re audience will have too find you’re website between this large index of sites.

By: Aankur Pradhan

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