Today, Google, the brainchild of founders Larry (Lawrence E Page) and Sergey Brin, is the biggest, most popular search engine in the world. The founders, who met at Stanford University initially disliked each other, but soon found that working together helped them innovate in a way that was not possible alone and thus, as part of a school project, they created the Google search technology. The name ‘Google’ is derived from the mathematical term Gogol which refers the number 1 followed by a hundred zeros.
The actual domain that is Google first set up office in September 1998 in the garage of Susan Wojcicki who is the current CEO of YouTube. Google was first incorporated as a privately owned company on September 4th 1998 and offered up to the public in August 19, 2004. Today, Brin and Larry own about 16 per cent of the company’s stake and have built Google to become the world’s most used website on the internet.
Apart from just being a search engine Google also provides a wide array of other services like cloud computing, software and advertising technologies etc. For instance, for advertising, they have Google Analytics that allows users to track if and how people use their websites, which in turn will help them advertise it better. Google’s Ad Words helps advertisers to present their advertisements in the Google content network and Google Ad Sense, allow website owners to present these advertisements on their website hence allowing them to earn money every time these ads are clicked on. Google Search, the company’s most popular service, allows users to find answers to anything under the sun, bringing up a large number of targeted results for everything searched. Apart from these, other services include geospatial solutions in the form of Google Earth and Google Maps, Google books, Google apps, Gmail and Google Hyperlink, archival and security solutions in the form of Postini and finally, Chrome books for business and educational purposes. Google is ever evolving, and thus, new functions, services, updates and minor tweaks are added to it every day.
This being a brief on the history and functions of Google, we have now listed out some important facts about Google that everyone needs to know.
1: Google’s founders originally named the company ‘Backrub’ and one can only wonder why.
2 Google handles over one billion search requests every day on its search engine and can analyse
about millions of pages a second.
3: Google’s unofficial slogan is ‘don’t be Evil’.
4: Over 88 languages can be used on Google’s home page
5: Keeping up with their Green initiative, Google rents goats to mow the lawns of their mountain side Head Quarters.
6: Since 2015, Google has been acquiring companies left, right and centre with an average of a company a week. Android, YouTube etc. are famous companies owned by it.
7: Google has more than 70 offices in over 40 cities and has employed more than thousand researchers who work on machine intelligence applications. Many of Google’s initial employees became instant millionaires when the company first went public. Today, Google uses a tool called foo. Bar that allows it to recruit new employees based on what they search for online.
8: Finally, at present Google is the second most valuable company in the world with a market value of around 527, only preceded by Apple that stands first with a market value of 605 billion.