Google 101 Facts
36-69 Random Facts about the Google Chocolate Factory
Many people wonder why the Google homepage is
so sparse, when the actual technology is so advanced. The reason being that when Google was started its founders did not know enough HTML to design a fancy page, and they just wanted to create a quick interface they could use without any instruction.
Over the years, the founders still prefer
Over the years, the founders still prefer and insist to keep the home page simple and they insist that the words on the home page do not exceed 28 words.
The constant user surveys have proved that
the “I am feeling Lucky” button is seldom used by its users, but still the users prefer to have it on the page.
Google’s traffic doubled when
the “did you mean,“option was introduced. This feature was achieved through the introduction of advanced spell checkers and helped users find suggestions to their search requirements.
Google homepage was initially launched with a
Beta label, which was removed on 21st September 1999, and that was when Google became the father of the search engine technology.
In 2017 Google gets the most search requests for
Hurricane Irma, iPhone 8, iPhone X, Matt Lauer, Meghan Markle, 13 Reasons Why, Tom Petty, Fidget Spinner, Chester Bennington and India National Cricket Team. The list is similar to Google's top searches from 2016, which included Pokémon Go, iPhone 7, Donald Trump, Prince, Powerball, David Bowie, Deadpool, Olympics, Slither.io and Suicide Squad.
Many of Google’s products spend a long time in
Beta phase. Google encourages its employees to spend at least 20% of their time developing an independent idea. Some of them are so interesting that Google takes them up officially resulting in so many beta products.
The first Google Doodle was a
vacation announcement. It was a stick man standing in the company logo and was an announcement that the founders were going to attend burning man in the year 1998. What started as a fun indulgence went on to become a creative obsession.
Google is based
in Mountain View, near San Francisco.
Susan Wojcicki, one of the Vice Presidents of the company, has
been named the “most important Googler you have never heard about”. It is a rare tag but a well deserved one.
Susan Wojcicki was on the
16th position of the Forbes magazine’s list of “World’s 100 most powerful women” in the year 2011.
All the letters in the
word Google have been copyrighted by Google.
620 million users
visit www.google.com daily. Does that number stand for half the world’s population? Maybe not, but it definitely stands for almost all the people who use the Internet.
Up to 97% of
Google’s revenue comes from advertisements
In 2011, Google had more than
31,000 employees (25,000 full time, 6000, engineers, 9,000 research ). Google has more than 2000 Indians employees as well.
Eric Schmidt was the only
candidate (among the candidates being interviewed) who had been to the Burning Man, which got him an instant brownie point and he was hired as the chairman in the year 2001.
Google estimates that an ad on its homepage would cost around
$10 million, but the page is still not for sale. The founders of the company want to keep the page as it started years ago.
Google estimates that the "I'm feeling lucky!" button has cost
approximately $100 million dollars in lost ad revenue, but Google still keeps the button because the users like it.
The Google homepage can also be viewed in the language of
Klingon (from Star Trek), in case the aliens attack the world and need Google to navigate through the situation. The Google make the Klingon homepage available at https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-klingon
Google first tweeted
the binary form of ‘I am feeling lucky’ on Thursday, 26 February 2009.
“I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010″
If you convert all the 1′s and 0′s in a byte into ascii characters, the message is:
I’m F E E L I N G L U C K Y.
The private planes of Sergey Brin and Larry page land on
the strips of NASA HQ, where no other planes can land. Talk about royalty - Googlers are having the best of it.
During the Egypt crisis in the year 2011-2012, Google
worked with Twitter to provide people without an Internet connection to send Tweets by dialing a phone number and leaving a message. This voicemail was automatically translated into messages on Twitter.
In the November of 2011, Google broadcasted the
Haj Pilgrimage Live on YouTube for the very first time (first time for HAJ as well as YouTube).
Google Earth reached
1-billion downloads in 2011.
Google is a voracious buyer of
other technology companies. It now owns many companies now and some of the famous names are Picassa, Keyhole Inc., Android, Youtube and Motorola Mobility.
Google’s toughest competitors are
Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Mozilla. There are many more names to the list but these names can safely be attributed as the toughest competitors.
YouTube makes money through
advertisements that are placed near the videos. It works like Google itself. It further earns money through sponsored competition on the website. Google paid $1.65 Billion to purchase Youtube on October 9, 2006, even though they had an in house product called Google Video.
Did you know that Google pays Mozilla Millions of dollars a year?
A heavy sum? Why? Google and Mozilla see themselves as partners, not competitors, to make the web better so Google's contribution provides nearly all of Mozilla's revenue. As part of the deal Mozilla makes Google the default search provider in its Firefox web browser and some speculate the partnership also protects Google from antitrust complaints.
In April 2004, Google announced
In April 2004, Google announced to open a research facility on the moon, called Googlunaplex.