[Infographic] 36 Interesting and Fun Facts about Google

Android, Nest, YouTube, self-driving cars, advertising tools, search engine, TensorFlow, Google Fiber – this is all about Google. A company established as a search engine, now influences almost every part of your life, earning billions of dollars annually. In this infographic, we collected the most significant facts about the Tech Giant. Learn, share and enjoy!

Google as a Search Engine:

1) Google searches 30 trillion web pages, 100 billion times a month. Google says that it stores information about those 30 trillion pages in the Google Index, which is now at 100 million gigabytes. It would take 100,000 one-terabyte personal drives to contain the same amount of data.
 2) Every day, 16% of the searches that occur are ones that Google has never seen before.

3) One of the biggest leaps in search usage came about when they introduced their much-improved spell checker giving birth to the “Did you mean…” feature. This instantly doubled their traffic.

4) Google takes over 200 factors into account to deliver the best results for any query in a fraction of a second.

5)  The infamous “I feel lucky” button is nearly never used. However, in trials, it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. Users wanted it to be kept. It was like a comfort button. The “I’m feeling lucky” button costs Google US$110 million per year, as it bypasses all ads.

6) Google intends to scan all known existing 129 million unique books before 2020

7) A single Google search requires more computing power than it took to send Apollo 11 to the Moon.

8) People rely on Google’s services so heavily that when they all went down for 5 minutes in 2013, global internet traffic dropped by 40%.
9) The Versace dress Jennifer Lopez wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards sparked the creation of Google Images

10) Google Maps calculates traffic by tracking how fast Android devices are moving on the road.

11) Google Translate generates its answers by trawling through decades of comparative human translated works, such as UN documents and Harry Potter novels.

12)   The development that Google now uses is mostly built by its own employees. Google prefers to work on Python, Java, C++ and more recently Go.


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Google as a Company:

1)      Back in 1999, Excite (better known today as Ask.com) was a bigger force in the online world.  Sergey and Larry were willing to sell their project of Google for under $1 million but Excite wasn’t interested.  Following this, Google duo dropped their price to $750,000, but Excite still wasn’t interested. Guess who’s kicking himself hard now?

2)      Shopping Google style – 127 companies were acquired by Google for 12 years of their history, whereas Apple acquired 41 for their 14-year history and Facebook bought 36 for 8 years of history.

3) When a Google employee dies, their spouses receive half pay from the company for 10 years and their children US$1,000 per month until they turn 19.

4) Google earns US$20 billion a year from advertising, more than the primetime revenues of CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX combined.

5) The company owns a bunch of domains that are common misspellings of Google, like Gooogle.com, Gogle.com, Googlr.com, and more
6) The domain GoogleSucks.com is owned by Google.

7) Google.com/Weddings is a little known free service to plan your wedding.

8) Google’s First Computer Storage Was Made From LEGO.

9) Google prefers dogs to cats. Their official code of conduct specifically states they are a dog company.

10) Google HQ rents 200 goats from California Grazing to mow their lawns and fields. The employees think that it’s a lot cuter to watch goats do the mowing than lawn mowers.

11) Google has a personal T-rex dinosaur, called Stan, which lives in their California headquarters. The skeleton is original and is an asset of Google Inc.

12) Google hired a camel to create the Street View of a desert.

13) In 2010, Nicaragua accidentally invaded Costa Rica because of a mistake in Google Maps.

14) Google is offering US$20 million to any private team that can land on the moon by New Year’s Eve of 2016

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Funny Google Stuff

1)      Watch Google do funny stuff:

Go to Google

  • Type Do a barrel roll
  • See the page rotating on its own axis and coming back

Tilt – This makes the page to get tilted.

  • Go to Google
  • Type Tilt
  • See the page tilting

2)      Searching for “zerg rush” returns a search page with ‘O’s eating the search results. Clicking each ‘O’ three times kills it. This is a reference to an early attack known as a ‘zergling rush’ in the Blizzard game Starcraft. After the inevitable destruction of all links, the ‘O’s form the letters GG in reference to the standard end of game formality and means “good game”

3)      If you type “Ich bin Johnny Depp” and translate from German to English, it would appear as “I am Harry Potter”.

4) If you search for “atari breakout” in Google Images, you can play the game.

5)      Google’s first playable doodle was launched on Pac Man’s 30th birthday in May 2010. The PAC MAN doodle was launched with 250 levels to complete and it went on to become so popular with the gaming enthusiasts, that it got a permanent place in Google. Full collection of Google Doodles –http://www.google.com/doodles/finder/2013/All%20doodles

6) The prime reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the founders (Sergey Brin and Larry Page) didn’t know HTML and just wanted a quick interface.

7) Larry and Sergey thought it would be cool to laser Google onto the moon.

8) Because Gmail first launched on April 1st of 2004, many people thought it was an April Fools’ Day prank.

9) Google has a version of their site translated into the language of the Klingons, from Star Trek.

10) Google was originally called “Backrub”

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