Top 10 Interesting Facts About Google You Should Know

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August 20, 2020

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.

 

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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 roomsAt 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.

Larry Page Sergey Brin built web based search engine Facts about Google Facts by Factober
Incorporated Google from a Garage in 1998 Facts about Google Facts by Factober

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 made its Initial public offering (NASDAQ) on 19 August 2004. The company got listed on NASDAQ in 2004 under the stock symbol GOOG. A stock symbol is an abbreviation used to uniquely identify publicly traded shares of a particular stock on a particular stock exchange.

 

Google Initial public offering (NASDAQ) on 19 August 2004 Facts about Google Facts by Factober
Google name is a misspelling of Googol Facts about Google Facts by Factober

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 –

to use the Google search engine to obtain information about (someone or something) on the World Wide Web”.

The word “Google” topped no. 7 on the Global Language Monitor’s Top Words of the Decade list.

Inclusion of term _Google_ in the dictionaries Merriam Webster Facts about Google Facts by Factober
Larry and Sergey offered _Excite_ an opportunity to purchase Google for just US$1 million Facts about Google Facts by Factober

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.

2015, Google organized its business as a holding company, Alphabet, Inc. headquartered in Mountain View, California Facts about Google Facts by Factober
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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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