Let's talk about Google!
It all started 20 years ago, with a Google Search. The journey of “becoming zero to hero” is quite interesting. Google is now one of the most valuable and popular brands in the world. Since, its inception Google has gained authority over different technologies and innovation.
Now, Google owns Google Cloud, Android, YouTube, Blogger, and numerous other tech brands. In this post, let’s have a look at history of the Google.
It all started at Stanford.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, were the students at Stanford University in California. Initially, they disagreed about nearly everything during that first meeting, but, in the next they formed a partnership. Both, started building a web based search working from their dorm rooms. At first, they called it “Backrub” [in 1996], but, soon, renamed it to Google. At, that time it was available on google.stanford.edu and z.stanford.com.
Incorporated Google from a Garage in 1998
They formally incorporated the Google on September 4, 1998 in their friend Susan Wojcicki’s garage. Initially, they monetized Google with advertising pop-ups in a search. They wrote a research paper on their “advertising funded search engines” model.
Got listed on NASDAQ in 2004
Google is a misspelling of "Googol"
A “Googol” is the large number 10100. In decimal notation, it is written as the digit 1 followed by one hundred zeroes. It reflected Larry and Sergey’s mission to organize the information available on the internet and make it available to the public.
“We chose our system name, Google, because it is a common spelling of googol, or 10100 and fits well with our goal of building very large-scale search.”
Source: Research Paper – “The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine” Authors – Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page.
Inclusion of term "Google" in the dictionaries
Due to the increased use of verb in “Google” in everyday language it was added to popular dictionaries like, the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary included it in 2006.
Definition of “Google”
According to Merriam Webster –
The word “Google” topped no. 7 on the Global Language Monitor’s Top Words of the Decade list.
The holy unfortunate Excite.
The duo Larry and Sergey offered “Excite” an opportunity to purchase Google for just US$1 million. But, the unfortunate mother of Excite (A content, news, weather and a metasearch engine website) turned down the offer. Just imagine, if they would have invested in Google at that time. Just imagine.
Google is owned by Alphabet, Inc.
In 2015, Google organized its business as a holding company, Alphabet, Inc. headquartered in Mountain View, California. Since, then Google is Alphabet, Inc.’s leading subsidiary (a company owned by another company).
A conglomerate Alphabet chose “abc.xyz” as the domain name. It doesn’t own alphabet.com, which is already owned by Fleet Management Division of BMW.
Apart from Google, the Alphabet, Inc. also has following subsidiary companies – Calico, DeepMind, CapitalG, Google Fiber, GV, Jigsaw, Loon, Sidewalk Labs, Verily, X, Waymo and Wing.
Google loves and cares for its Doodle.
It’s a special, temporary alteration of the Google’s logo on their homepage as a homages to specific events, achievements or notable personalities. The first Google Doodle was a 1998 edition of the long-running annual Burning Man event in Black Rock City, Nevada.
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