33 Incredible Facts About Google That Most People Don't Know.
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To find this very article that you're reading, chances are you looked something up on Google. It's a website so engrained in our daily routine that we recognize it more as a verb than a company. But what do you really know about the most used site in the world?
1. In 1998 Sergey Brin and Larry Page set up the search engine in a friend's garage. That friend, Susan Wojcicki, is now the CEO of YouTube.
2. Search rates for "how to roll a joint" peak from 1-2am.
3. On April Fool's Day 2007 the company sent an email to it's employees in the New York office warning that a python was loose in the office. It wasn't a joke.
4. There's a version of Google where you can search in Klingon.
5. In their hiring process, Google has found that transcripts and test scores have no correlation with job performance. As a result, the company has started hiring more employees without any college education. There are teams where 14% of the team has never gone to university.
6. The "I'm Feeling Lucky" button costs Google $110 million/year by bypassing ads.
7. Google's artificial intelligence researchers have designed a computer that will one day be able to program itself.
8. Google acquires approximately one company per month.
9. GoogleMaps tracks traffic conditions by monitoring how fast Android phones with GPS are travelling.
10. In 1999, Larry Page and Sergey Brin tried to sell Google for $1 million to Excite. They were talked down to $750,000 but in the end Excite still rejected them.
11. In 60 seconds there are 2 million Google searches performed worldwide.
12. Google is the most visited website in the world, followed by Facebook, Youtube, and Baidu.
13. The website googlesucks.com is owned by Google.
14. In 2013, Google founded Calico, an anti-aging company designed to ultimately "cure" death.
15. If you type "Askew" into Google the page will tilt slightly to the right.
16. When Gmail launched in 2004 many news outlets were skeptical of the announcement because it was April Fool's Day and Google had pulled pranks in the form of press releases before.
17. From 2009 to 2013 Google was named the best company to work for in the US by Fortune Magazine.
18. Google Image Search was inspired by the popularity of Jennifer Lopez's dress at the 2000 Grammy Awards.
19. In 2010 Nicaragua accidentally invaded Costa Rica because Google Maps had mistakenly said the territory belonged to Nicaragua.
20. The first Google Doodle honoured the 1998 Burning Man Festival.
21. Google hired a camel to create a "Street View" of the Liwa Oasis in Abu Dhabi.
22. The site founders wanted to register the domain "googol" which is the number ten raised to the power of a hundred. They accidentally misspelled it and ended up with Google instead.
23. More computing power is required in a single Google search than was needed for the entire moon landing mission.
24. If you search "Atari Breakout" into Google you can play the game.
25. If a Google employee dies, their spouse receives half their salary for the next 10 years, stock benefits, and children receive $1000/month until they turn 19.
26. Google's first ever Twitter post was binary for "I'm Feeling Lucky".
27. The website suffered an outage for 5 minutes in 2013 accounting for a 40% drop in web traffic.
28. The Google Lunar XPRIZE will award $20 million to the first team that successfully lands a privately funded rover on the moon, travels 500 meters, and transmits back high definition images and videos.
29. When Gmail launched with 1GB storage, Hotmail and Yahoo each only offered 2MB.
30. Google aims to scan all the books in the world - approximately 129 million. As of 2014 they have scanned 12 million.
31. The first winner of Facebook's programming contest, the Hacker Cup, was Petr Mitrichev, a Google employee who showed up to collect his prize at the Facebook headquarters wearing his Google employee badge.
32. Google was originally a search engine called BackRub.
33. The company's original computer storage was made from lego bricks.
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