15 Things you don’t know about Google

Hey there, Welcome to ravistech.com and today we’re discussing the best ever brand in the IT sector and obviously you know it Google and You’re aware that 45 minutes of google server problem puts the world in chaos and surprisingly the only company that every world is dependent on its services and without wasting any further time we’re revealing some interesting and surprising facts about the search engine and technology company that over a billion people rely on every day, of course, we’re talking about Google the company with the most visited website in the world Google Inc is now a multinational technology company that offers a wide variety of Internet-related services and products

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But in 1998 it started as an idea that two Stanford PhD students had for improving the web search process Larry Page and Sergey Brin incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4th 1998 after initially trying to sell their company with no success they both decided to take Google public with an IPO in 2004 and committed to staying with the company through to at least 2024 they also established a headquarters called the Googleplex in Mountain View California Google soared in popularity and is now used worldwide by over a billion people daily in 2015 Google announced its plans to reorganize its interests in a conglomerate called alphabet Inc which is now valued at around 500 billion dollars we know that Google has acquired numerous companies and expanded well beyond its search engine capabilities some of the services Google now offers includes Gmail Google Translate Google Calendar Google Maps Google Chrome Google Drive and Google+ as of 2016 Google has 70 offices in more than 40 countries and the brand itself is worth over 100 billion dollars if you are new here welcome be sure to subscribe and follow us on Instagram at a Lux we were inspired by Google’s ambition incredible success and innovative spirit and we know many a Luxor’s out there who couldn’t imagine a world without it so let’s take a closer look with these 15 facts you didn’t know about Google

Number 1

Its original name was backrub Larry Page and Sergey Brin originally settled on the name backrub for their search engine because their program analyzed backlinks to understand how important a website was and what other sites it related to the name lasted about a year until they began brainstorming new names that would reflect just how much data they were indexing which leads to the next fact

Number 2

Google’s name comes from the mathematical term Google Google’s name came from the mathematical term Google which is a number that is a 1 with 100 zeros following it when page and his office mates at Stanford began tossing around ideas for the name a graduate student named Sean Anderson suggested the word Googleplex which page then shortened to Google spelled geo goal when Anderson went to check if that domain name had been taken he accidentally searched for google GOOG l e instead and page decided that that would be the name he registered the domain on September 15, 1997, in case you’re wondering a googolplex is the digit 1 followed by a googol zeroes

Number 3

the original I’m feeling lucky option cost Google up to one hundred and ten million dollars per year thanks to Google Instant the original I’m feeling lucky option has been changed since now Google starts narrowing down search results as soon as you start typing in the search box but another reason why Google may have decided to change this option is that it was costing the company up to one hundred and ten million dollars per year since it bypassed ads to take the searcher to the top result immediately

Number 4

the first Google doodle was inspired by Burning Man Google has introduced more than 2,000 Google doodles on their homepage to celebrate holidays people events and achievements the first google doodle was a burning man stick figure that founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had added to the homepage while they were at the Burning Man festival in Nevada in August of 1998 they wanted a creative way to let users know that they would be away and unable to handle any technical issues

Number 5

Google made an agreement with NASA in exchange for a private runway when Google needed a place to land their multiple private planes including a Boeing 767 a Boeing 757 and two Gulfstream V’s they decided to approach their Silicon Valley neighbor NASA with a unique proposition in exchange for exclusive runway rights Google gives NASA permission to use their planes to test scientific equipment and collect data Google gives NASA 1.3 million dollars a year as a part of this agreement as well in 2008 Google also signed a 40 year deal to lease 42 acres from NASA at a cost of three point six six million dollars per year in order to build a new Googleplex headquarters

Number 6

Google owns common misspellings of its own name google has made a point to buy the domain names of common misspellings of their site such as WWE goggle comm with an extra Oh WWE Google comm with 100 and WWE goal with goog LR comm

Number 7

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Google rents goats to mow the lawn of their headquarters Google is a green community that is concerned about the environment and one of the unique ways they hope to lessen their carbon footprint is by renting goats to mow their lawn every now and then the company rents 200 goats for a week at a time to trim their lawn eat the weeds and clear out some of the brush

Number 8

the founders weren’t happy when Google was added to the dictionary in 2006 the Merriam-webster and Oxford English dictionary’s included the definition for Google for the first time but the heads of Google weren’t particularly excited about it in a blog post the company said we’d like to make it clear that you should please only use Google when you’re actually referring to Google Inc and our services reportedly the Google founders were concerned because they had a brand to respect and were afraid that the word Google would be slipped from the trademark status into common usage

Number 9

there are over 2.3 million Google searches per second according to the 2016 stats there are over 100 billion Google searches per month with an average of 2.3 million Google searches per second there are over two trillion searches annually up considerably from 1999 when they first reported 1 billion annual searches

Number 10

Jeff Bezos was one of the first investors in Google. Google received its first amount of funding in 1998 before the company was incorporated the very first investment was $100,000 given by Andy Bechtel Shyne who is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems later that same year amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos was among three angel investors that got in early on funding the future 100 billion-dollar company if you want to find out more about the amazon.com founder click on the upper right-hand corner to check out our video of 15 things you didn’t know about Jeff Bezos

Number 11

Stanford holds the patent for Google’s PageRank algorithm Stanford University is a prestigious school and several successful companies like Cisco Hewlett-Packard Yahoo and of course, Google was started by Stanford students Stanford stands to gain a lot by encouraging innovation because by law any discovery or invention that was made with Stanford resources belongs to Stanford, not their inventor this is why Stanford owns the patent for PageRank the central algorithm that Google relies on Google made an arrangement with Stanford to gain exclusive rights to the patent technology in exchange for 1.8 million shares of Google the university sold these shares in 2005 for 336 million dollars

Number 12

Google was fined 2.7 billion dollars for violating antitrust laws in January 2017 Google was fined a record 2.7 billion dollars by European Union regulators for manipulating their search results the regulators found that Google denied users a genuine choice by unfairly favoring their own shopping platform in search results which violated EU antitrust laws the 2.7 billion represented just over two point five percent of Google’s 2016 revenue Google denied the charges and said they were looking at appeal options the previous highest antitrust fine was 1.2 billion dollars imposed on Intel in 2009 and Intel is still trying to overturn that decision in 2017

Number 13

you can set your google language to Klingon Elmer Fudd and other unique options if you go to the search settings on the google homepage you’ll see that Google is available in a wide variety of the world’s languages but you’ll also find a few very unique options that might surprise you you can change your language settings to Klingon Elmer Fudd and pirate for example

Number 14

yahoo AltaVista and excite all declined to buy google for 1 million dollars the founders of Google were not really interested in running their own business so they decided to try to sell the company back in 1999 they approached a company called excited to see if they would be interested in purchasing Google for 1 million dollars but the CEO declined the offer he also declined to buy the company at a lowered price of seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars Google also approached Yahoo and Alta Vista in 1998 but both companies declined to pay 1 million dollars for the startup in 2002 Yahoo again declined an offer to buy Google for 5 billion dollars and instead made a counteroffer for 3 billion which was turned down 15 years later the Google brand is worth over 100 billion dollars

Number 15

Google replaced Apple as the most valuable brand in the world in 2017 Apple has held the top spot on the list of the most valuable brands in the world since 2011 but Google was able to take that spot from them in 2017 Google’s monetary value increased 24 percent from the previous year to a total of 109 point five billion dollars in 2016 and apples monetary value dropped from 145.9 billion to 107.1 billion in 2016 this allowed Google to come in first but only by two point four billion dollars and here’s your question of the day now that you’ve learned more about Google we’d like to know how much do you use Google every day let us know in the comments still here’s the bonus fact just for you Google bought YouTube in 2006 for 1.65 billion dollars the negotiations only took a week and the deal was made when executives from Yahoo Google and YouTube met at Denny’s restaurant in Palo Alto California thank you for spending some time with us.

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