Happy Birthday, Google! The company is celebrating its birthday – and has changed our lives in a way that has never been seen before. For the 20th anniversary, we are presenting 20 entertaining facts about the company. The Facts about Google were put together by the editorial team and the performance online marketing agency MSO Digital.
1. The name “Google” is based on a play on the word googol – some also speak of a spelling error. Milton Sirotta, the nephew of the US mathematician Edward Kasner, coined the expression in 1938 to give the number a name with a one and one hundred zeros. The Google founders wanted a fitting name for the amount of information their search engine should find on the web.
2. The original version of Google was called Backrub and ran for over a year on the university servers of Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University – until their capacity was no longer sufficient.
3. Google shows ten search results per page, but there is also the option of up to 100 results per page. In 2016, Google said it had two trillion search queries a year – around 64,000 queries per second.
4. In 1998 the Google index originally contained 25 million documents. In 2016 the index grew to over 30 trillion entries. There are now two separate indexes, so separate results are shown for desktop and mobile.
5. Since 1998, the company has been displaying its logo on special occasions, such as birthdays, elections, or anniversaries, on its own website in a different form – as Google Doodle. The first came about when the two founders drove to the Burning Man Festival and wanted to inform their users that they would not be available for the time being.
6. Google has hidden some so-called Easter eggs in its products, some of which have already become classics. Some examples: If you enter “askew” in the search mask, you will get a slanted search field; “blink HTML” leads to blinking elements.
7. Google’s largest corporate headquarters, the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, is not only home to countless offices, but also a T-Rex statue, golf course, restaurants, basketball court, and giant Android characters.
8. Google’s first tweet on February 25th, 2009 was “I’m feeling lucky ‘in binary:” I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010 “.
Google and Doodle
9. Google is the largest sub-company of the parent company Alphabet – the verb google was even included in the Doodle in 2004.
10. The founders’ Larry Page and Sergey Brin have known each other since they were studying together at Stanford.
Google in Germany
11. In October 2001 it was “Google goes Germany”: The first employee in Germany was hired. In 2002, Google AdWords was rolled out in this country.
12. There are numerous extra functions for the Google search: By entering any location in connection with the term weather, the Google search provides the current weather situation; Equations can be entered directly into the search field. The pocket calculator input, on the other hand, provides a classic arithmetic device if more than just one equation is to be calculated and: For musicians, Google makes this available after the search for metronome (including freely selectable tempo).
13. The search can be improved, among other things, by using quotation marks to search for exact phrases, such as lines from song texts. Example: “Just save the world for a moment”; With the (site 🙂 function, individual pages can be searched without having to visit the website.
14. Today, Google employs over 60,000 people in 50 different countries and manufactures hundreds of products (operating systems, browsers, navigation, web services, messengers, hardware, smart homes, payment services, drones, etc.) that are used by billions of people worldwide. The main source of income (85 percent) is still the advertising network. , which is based on search.
15. In terms of brand value – including intangible assets – Google was in first place in May 2018 with USD 302 billion, ahead of Apple (USD 300 billion) and Amazon (USD 207 billion),
16. In March of this year, Apple was ahead in terms of market value with USD 889 billion, followed by Amazon in second place with USD 768 billion and Alphabet / Google in third place with a market value of USD 762 billion.
Global search market
17. The global search market share in July 2018 was 86 percent, followed by Bing with 6.6 percent and Yahoo with 3.3 percent.
18. The so-called page rank procedure goes back to Larry Page. The website is not only rated according to its content but also according to how many related, third-party websites refer to this website via a hyperlink. This method is still being developed by Google today.
19. Gmail launched on April 1st, 2004 – the reason many users initially thought it was an April Fool’s joke.
Most visited website
20. Google.com is the most visited website in the world.