15 Interesting Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Google

interesting things about google

Although initially founded as a search engine in the late 90s by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google has grown to become one of the biggest companies in the world.

And even though now under a parent company called Alphabet, Google has spread its wings so wide that you can’t be technologically-inclined and not use some kind of product or service they offer. From Gmail to Android to Google Maps to YouTube, there’s just a whole lot of them.

But how much do you really know about this “unconventional” company?

Here are 15 things you probably didn’t know about Google.

1.  Google was initially called BackRub based on its analysis of the web’s “backlinks”.

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2. The name Google was derived from the word “googol”, a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros.

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3. Google rents goats to clear the lawns and fields around its Mountain View headquarters.

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4. The first Google storage used to house ten 4GB drives was made from Lego.

google storage made from legoStandford Infolab

 

5. Back in 1998, Google founders wanted to sell the search engine to Yahoo for $1 billion and Yahoo declined. Later in 2002, Yahoo offered to buy Google for $3 billion and Google declined.

google and yahooTechworm

 

6. Google has an intranet called Moma.

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7. You can set an alarm timer on Google by typing in “timer for” followed by the time in hours, minutes or seconds, or inputting any amount of time followed by “timer”.
setting timer using google search

 

8. The Google Logo was not centered until 2001.

google logo not centered until 2001Gizmo Crazed

 

9.  Google allows its employees to bring their dogs to work.

google dogsEpagini

 

10. You can play atari breakout by searching “atari breakout” in Google Images.
atari breakout

 

11. Google encourages its employees to spend 20% of their work time on projects of their own choice.

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12. Gmail was launched on April Fools’ Day (April 1, 2004) and many people thought it was a prank because of the somewhat goofy press release and Google’s track record of making such jokes on April Fools’ Day.
we-are-serious about-gmail

 

13. A new employee at Google is called a Noogler, and a former employee is called a Xoogler.

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14. Google was added as a verb to the Oxford English and Merriam Webster’s dictionaries in 2006.

google-in-dictionaryArticles web

 

15. Google has a so-called “150-feet” rule which mandates that no employee should be more than 150 feet from a food station.

google-foodsForbes

 

Image credit: Business Insider

Ukeme likes to keep things simple and believes that tech doesn’t really have to be complicated. She is also a web designer and loves to learn new things.

UKEME UDOH

Ukeme likes to keep things simple and believes that tech doesn't really have to be complicated. She is also a web designer and loves to learn new things.

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