17 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Google

08Jan08

While preparing my last blog entry I spent some time reading about Google on Wikipedia and it sparked my curiosity. Next thing you know two hours had passed and I was already inspired on my next entry. Below I have gathered the top 17 facts you probably didn’t know about Google. Or maybe you did, I can’t speak for everyone but it sounds better then 17 facts I didn’t know about Google…

1. Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google as a research project for Stanford University in 1996. At the time they were 23 and 24 years old and were both Ph.D. candidates.

2. Nearly everyone working in the Internet marketing field knows the importance of a site’s Goolge PageRank. Most people assume the name refers to web pages, but it was actually named after Google co-founder Larry Page.

3. Hardly any one ever uses the “I’m feeling lucky” button. However, tests without it showed people liked having the button there, even though they never used it. Therefore the button is merely there as a comfort to searchers.

4. Google has the largest network of translators in the entire world. Google is translated into 97 different languages and has a presence in 88 countries.

5. Google’s data centers consist of over 450,000 servers around the world.

6. Employees at Google usually work in teams of three with rotating project leaders. Google found this worked as a way to eliminate most managers so employees could work without worry of micromanagement.

7. The ratio of male to female employees at Google is about 70 to 30.

8. For every search you do on Google they record the cookie ID, Internet IP address, time and date, search terms, and browser configuration.

9. Google engineer and popular blogger Matt Cutts used to work for the National Security Agency.

10. Although Google receives praise for it’s simple homepage it was actually a result of the founder’s lack of HTML knowledge.

11. When Google first launch there was no submit button. Instead, users had to hit the return key to make a search query.

12. Google almost instantly doubled their traffic when they introduced their highly effective spell checker and “did you mean…” feature.

13. The spelling of Google’s name was actually an accident. The founders meant to call the site Googol, a mathematical term for 10 to the 100th power or 1 followed by 100 zeros.

14. Google’s now popular email system was actually used internally for almost 2 years before it’s public launch. Developers performed tests and determined there were 6 basic types of email users. Gmail was then designed to appease all 6 user types.

15. Google encourages it’s employees to spend 20% of their time working on their own projects. Google News and Orkut are both examples of features that were developed through this working model.

16. Google formed it’s non-profit division (Google.org) in 2004 with an express mission of creating awareness about climate change, global public health, and global poverty. One of its first projects was to develop a plug-in hybrid car that could get 100 mpg.

17. Google has a longstanding tradition of April Fool’s jokes. Some of their more popular jokes include a brain-boosting drink called Google Gulp, an online dating service known as Google Romance, and free wireless Internet service called TiSP (Toilet Internet Service Provider).

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One Response to “17 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Google”

  1. awesome post, I will be sending this one around the office


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