In 1997, Google wasn’t this big, it wasn’t the world’s second most valuable brand. Over the course of time, Google has become a go-to verb and has a net worth of over $498 billion.
The Mountain View, California’s biggest tech company has a lot of surprising trivia and mind-blowing facts.
Here are some of them:
Sergey Brin & Larry Page met by chance.
Sergey Brin, then 21, and already a Ph.D candidate from Stanford University was assigned to show Larry Page aroundcampus, Page was considering attending Stanford University for his Ph.D. This was back in 1995 and as fate would have it, the meeting of these two minds was more than anyone expected it to be.
Google was originally named BackRub.
Page and Brin collaborate on a “web crawler” concept which they named “BackRub”. Some speculate that the early search engine’s nomenclature was a nod to retrieving backlinks.
The name Google was a mistake
Page and Brin registered the domain name of their project as Google, which a is a twist of the word “googol”. “Googol” is a mathematical term represented by the numeral one followed by 100 zeros. Their name hinted at the infinite amount of data the their code can handle. However, it is believed that the name “Google” was a mistake but they later finalised it because it sounded better.
Google’s first doodle was a Burning Man stick figure
Page and Brain created the google to let people know they’d shipped off to the Burning Man festival. This was created back in 1998 and the future billionaires positioned the iconic Man behind the second “o” in Google’s logo.
Gmail was launched on April Fool’s Day
Silicon Valley is known for pulling April Fool’s Day pranks, Google unveiled Gmail on April 1, 2004 and it was considered as a hoax. But, it wasn’t a hoax but it was a brilliant mailing service that now serves millions of users across the world every day.
Google’s acquisition of Youtube was over Denny’s mozzarella sticks
“We didn’t want to meet at offices”, saif YouTube’s co-founder Steven Chen. “So we were like, ‘Where’s a place that none of us would go?’”. This place turned out to be a Denny’s in Palo Alto, California. Mozzarella sticks were served and hands were shaken. This landmark acquisition was grand for Chen and co-founders Jawed karim and Chad Hurley. Google paid a whooping $1.65 billion for a service which exploded into the Internet’s most-watched and most uploaded to video platform.
Google is pet-friendly since beginning
Google’s senior vice president of operations Urs Hoelzle used to bring his friendly Leonberger named Yoshka to work and since then Google has remained a pet-friendly office.
Google gave Mountain View the gift of free Wi-Fi
In 2006, Google decided to provide Mountain View, the California where the main headquarters of Google is located, the gift of free Wi-Fi. While this was a generous act, it likely meant that even more people were free to jump on the web and use Google’s search engine.
Google is considered one of the world’s most valuable company and we certainly can’t deny the fact that this world can’t live a single day without this tech giant.
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