12 Less Known Facts About Google
Google is the most popular search engine with more than 87% search market share. It has a long history with so many interesting facts behind company and its products. In this post, we are listing 12 less known but interesting facts behind Google.
Less Known Facts About Google
- Google was initially started as college (Stanford University) project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in January, 1996. Project was a search engine called BackRub. Initially it was hosted on Standford servers for more than a year.
- Name “Google” was adopted accidentally. Founders wanted the name “Googol” that means a 1 followed by 100 zeros. But they ended up with the name ‘Google’ because they received a check to ‘Google’ by an investors.
- Google crawlers daily visit billions of web pages and index pages to return as search results. In this, Google processes 25 Petabyte of information daily.
- When Google introduced “Did you mean” spell checker feature, it doubled their traffic. After that, they had interesting discussions on the placing of that information on the page. After few researches, they found that placing it at the bottom of the results is most effective.
- Google’s first doodle was designed for a “Out of Office” message. In 1998, Page and Brin was out of work to go to the Burning Man festival in Nevada. So, Burning Man doodle was designed to let users know that they were out of office so couldn’t fix any issues
- Google has more than 1 billion monthly unique visits. It has crossed billion mark back in May 2011.
- Google always encourage employees to use their 20% time on their own projects. Google News and Orkut are the examples of Google’s services that started a person project in Google.
- Google has a sparse homepage because its founder didn’t know HTML. In early days, users had to press enter button to get search results because there was no search button. In early users testing, it was found that people just looking at the screen and waiting for more content to load. While there was nothing else to load. So, a copyright message was added at the bottom of Google’s home page as end of page marker.
- Google translated billions of HTML pages into display format for WAP, i-mode phones and other wireless handheld devices.
- Google always tests new features and products. If the products or features fail, it usually stop working on it. Google’s spring cleaning is the biggest example of it. In this, Google shut down, its underperforming products.
- Google carefully listen to feedback actively. If you are sending email to Google, never think that you are emailing to blackhole. Your email will always be read by a Googler.
- Google has acquired 127 products and companies till date.
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