14 INTERESTING GOOGLE FACTS

googleThere is no contending the popularity and utility of Google. It is an unconventional organization that has changed our online habits. Here are some interesting facts about the revolutionary search engine:

  1. Google enjoys the largest network of translators across the globe.
  2. The ‘I feel lucky’ option is rarely used. However, the users feel it adds to the Google experience and do not want it removed.
  3. The name ‘Google’ was a spelling mistake! They were aiming at ‘Googol’ which is term for a number that starts with 1 and is followed by a 100 zeroes.
  4. Google’s first Twitter post sent out in February 2004 reads “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010”. It means ‘I’m feeling lucky’ in binary!
  5. When Google introduced its “did you mean…” spell checker option, there was a double jump in the traffic!
  6. Orkut was founded by a Google engineer.
  7. Gmail was used internally for about two years before its public launch. During this time, Google observed there were 6 types of email users and created Gmail to cater to each type.
  8. Google became the world’ largest search engine in 2000.
  9. The Oxford English Dictionary added ‘Google’ as a verb in June 2006.
  10. A Google employee is called a ‘Googler’ while a new employee is a ‘Noogler’.
  11. Google’s employees instantly became millionaires when it went public. Yahoo owned 8.4 million shares and benefited immensely.
  12. 99% of Google’s profit comes from advertising.
  13. In February 2011, Google invited applications for 6,000 openings. Within a week, it received close to 75,000 applications.
  14. Employees at Google are encouraged to devote 20% of their time doing something that interests them. Google news and Orkut resulted from this policy.

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