[Infographic] Amazing Google Facts You Most Probably Didn’t Know

American Dialect Society members voted ‘google’ to be the most useful word of the year in 2012. And Google is probably still one of the most useful and influential companies in the world. Let’s learn something about this fantastic phenomenon of our modern world.

Google as a search engine:

1)      Google processes around 20 petabytes 1015 or 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of information daily, which is an unbelievable number to put your mind around. The number suggests that approximately almost every person using the Internet uses Google at least once.

2)      It would take 95,116 years to do a manual search of Google’s 50 billion Web pages, at one minute a page.

3)      88 is the Number of languages in which you can have the Google home page set up, including Urdu, Latin and Klingon (http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-klingon).

4)      The number of web pages indexed by Google since 2008 is 50,000,000,000.

5)      Daily visitors to Google is 620 million.

6)      One of the biggest leap 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.

7)      They use the 20% / 5% rules. If at least 20% of people use a feature, then it will be included. At least 5% of people need to use a particular search preference before it will make it into the ‘Advanced Preferences’.

8)      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.

9)      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.

10)   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)      Google’s annual revenue has hit $50 billion in 2012, which is more than the GPD of the 43 poorest countries in the world COMBINED

2)      94% of all Google revenue still comes from advertising, despite all the products they have now

3)      For the last 9 years Stock price of Google has increased by more than 1000% from $85 in 2004 to $886 in 2013

4)      Each year Google receives over 1 000 000 resumes, less than half a per cent gets employed

5)       On a worldwide basis, Google employs 53,891 full-time employees (38,739 in Google and 9,982 in Motorola Mobile and 5,170 in Motorola Home) as of March 31, 2013.

6)      You will have to pass 4 to 9 interviews before you are accepted to work at Google (this is an optimized system, it used to take up to 29 interviews to finally get the dream-job)

7)      Top salaries at Google range from $143 000 to $241 000 per year.

8)      It is impossible to imagine today that someone actually could and would not acquire Google. But back in 1999, Excite (better known today as Ask.com) was a bigger force in the online world. It was one of the most recognized brands of the 90s. Sergey and Larry were willing to sell their project of Google for under $1 million but Excite wasn’t interested. However, George Bell, CEO of Excite, refused the offer. Following this, Google duo dropped their price to $750,000, but Bell still wasn’t interested. Guess who’s kicking himself hard now? J

9)      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.

10)   In 2006, Google moved into 311,000 square feet (28,900 m2) of office space in New York City, at 111 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. The office was specially designed and built for Google and houses its largest advertising sales team, which has been instrumental in securing large partnerships.

11)   By late 2006, Google also established a new headquarters for its AdWords division in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Other office locations in the U.S. include Ann Arbor, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Boulder, Colorado; Cambridge, Massachusetts; New York City; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; Reston, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Furthermore, Google also has 64 international offices.

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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)      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

5)      There is a rule in Google’s office that no Googler, should have to go more than 100 feet for food! Therefore, they always have a small kitchen filled with snacks and espresso machines all over the Googleplex.

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