43 Interesting Facts About Google

In the vast landscape of the internet, one name has risen above the rest, forever altering the way we seek knowledge and explore the digital realm. Google, a household name synonymous with search, innovation, and boundless curiosity, has become an integral part of our daily lives. From its humble beginnings as a research project to its evolution into a tech giant, Google has continuously pushed the boundaries of possibility, connecting billions of people to an immeasurable wealth of information with just a few keystrokes. With its simple yet powerful interface, groundbreaking technologies, and dedication to organizing the world’s knowledge, Google has emerged as a beacon of enlightenment in the digital age. Join us as we embark on a journey through the captivating world of Google, where imagination meets information and endless possibilities await at the click of a button.
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1. A Research Project

Larry Page (left) and Sergey Brin (right), founders of Google
Larry Page (left) and Sergey Brin (right), founders of Google

Google was first launched as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Stanford Ph.D. students, in 1996.
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2. From “Backrub” to a Mathematical Marvel

Larry Page and Sergey Brin initially named their search engine “Backrub” due to its ability to analyze backlinks; however, they later changed the name to “Google,” inspired by the mathematical term “googol,” which represents the number 1 followed by 100 zeros, signifying the vast amount of information the search engine aimed to organize.

3. The Garage Where It All Began

232 Santa Margarita Avenue in Menlo Park, California; Garage where Google was created
232 Santa Margarita Avenue in Menlo Park, California; Garage where Google was created

Similar to the story of Apple, Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, started their journey in a garage. The first Google office was actually a rented garage in Menlo Park, California, where they worked on developing the search engine that would revolutionize the internet.
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4. The First Google Storage

The first Google computer at Stanford University, California
The first Google computer at Stanford University, California

Google’s initial data storage was made from LEGO blocks, housing 10 separate 4 GB hard drives.

5. Google’s First Doodle

The first Google Doodle was a Burning Man stick figure that came out on August 30, 1998.

6. The Google Homepage

The simple design of Google’s homepage is due to the founders’ lack of HTML knowledge.

7. Googolplex Headquarters

Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California, United States
Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California, United States

Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California is named “Googleplex,” referencing another massive number, a googolplex.
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8. The First Google Tweet

Google's first tweet
Google’s first tweet

Google’s first-ever Tweet in February 2009 was binary code for “I’m feeling lucky.”

9. Google’s Prehistoric Mascot

A man posing with Google's T-Rex at Googleplex in Mountain View, California
A man posing with Google’s T-Rex at Googleplex in Mountain View, California

At Google’s headquarters, there is a life-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex named Stan.

10. Grazing Goats at Google

A goat standing in front of Googleplex
A goat standing in front of Googleplex

Google rents goats periodically to graze and naturally mow the fields of their headquarters.

11. First Ever Google Employee

The first-ever hired employee of Google was Craig Silverstein, who later became Google’s Director of Technology.

12. Google Maps Milestone

Google Maps boasts over 20 petabytes of data, enough to store 21 million gigabytes.

13. Google’s April Fool Tradition

Google is known for its tradition of elaborate April Fool’s Day jokes, like Google Nose and Google Wind.

14. Google’s Multilingual Capacity and Linguistic Versatility

Google’s language capabilities extend beyond the real world. The search engine can handle more than 150 languages, including constructive languages like Esperanto and fictional languages such as Klingon from Star Trek and Elvish from The Lord of the Rings. This playful addition showcases Google’s dedication to language diversity and catering to various interests.

15. Energy-Efficient Google

Google uses AI to reduce the energy used to cool their data centers by 40%.

16. Google and Renewable Energy

Since 2017, Google has been purchasing more renewable energy than it consumes as a company.

17. Google and Patents

Google holds more than 50,000 patents, showcasing its emphasis on innovation and technology development.

18. Google’s Parent Company

In 2015, Google created a new parent company called Alphabet Inc, separating its core business from its ambitious projects.

19. Google’s Alphabetical Domain

Google owns the domain name “abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com.” This lengthy domain name is a playful nod to the alphabet, reflecting Google’s early emphasis on organizing the vast amount of information available on the internet.

20. Google Fonts

Google Fonts library is home to over 800 font families, all available for free.

21. The Costly Button

The “I’m Feeling Lucky” button, which skips search results and goes straight to the top-ranked page, costs Google up to $110 million per year in lost advertising.

22. Google’s Green Commute

Google encourages a green commute policy, providing a free bike service for employees at Mountain View.

23. Google and Artificial Intelligence

Google’s DeepMind developed an AI, AlphaGo, that defeated the world champion Go player in 2016.

24. First Android Version

T-Mobile's G1 phone (HTC Dream)
T-Mobile’s G1 phone (HTC Dream)

Google’s first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream), was released in 2008.
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25. Google’s Acquisition Streak

Google acquires, on average, more than one company per week since 2010.

26. Google’s Diversity

Google’s workforce represents more than 60 countries, creating a diverse cultural community.

27. Google Chrome’s Birth

Google introduced its browser, Google Chrome, to the public in 2008.

28. The Google Logo

The Google logo was not centered until 2001. Before that, it was justified to the left.

29. YouTube and Google

Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in stocks just 18 months after YouTube’s creation.

30. Google’s Chef

Google’s first company chef, Charlie Ayers, was formerly the chef for the Grateful Dead, an American rock band.
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31. Rotation of Google

If you search for “do a barrel roll” in Google, the whole page will spin.

32. Google and Languages

The Google homepage is available in over 80 languages including some fun options like Pirate and Bork Bork Bork.

33. Google’s Philanthropic Arm

Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, donates approximately $100,000,000 in grants and investments as well as $1 billion in products annually.

34. Google’s T-Rex Game

If you’re offline in Google Chrome, you can play a hidden T-Rex dinosaur game by simply pressing the space bar.

35. Google’s 20% Time Rule

Google once implemented a policy called “20% Time” which encouraged employees to spend 20% of their time on personal projects. This policy led to the creation of services like Gmail and Google News.

36. Google’s Eye on the World

With Google Earth, a virtual globe and mapping tool, users can embark on a captivating journey across the Earth’s surface. From iconic landmarks to remote corners of the globe, Google Earth allows users to explore and zoom in on locations with remarkable detail. They can dive into the depths of the Great Barrier Reef and visit historical landmarks like the Pyramids of Giza, and even the interiors of famous buildings like the White House from the comfort of their screen.

37. Exploring the Cosmic Canvas

Google Sky invites stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts to embark on an astronomical journey like no other. Through this remarkable tool, users can peer into the depths of the universe and navigate the celestial wonders that adorn our night sky.

38. Google’s Annual Pi Day

Google employees hold an annual pie-eating event on the 14th of March, in reference to the mathematical constant Pi (3.14).

39. Google Sound Search

Google offers a Sound Search widget that works similarly to apps like Shazam, identifying songs within range of your device’s microphone.

40. Google’s Oldest Index

The oldest index available in Google’s timeline featur e is from 2001.

41. When Google Became a Language

In 2006, the word “Google” officially entered the Oxford English Dictionary as a verb, meaning to search for information using the Google search engine. This recognition highlighted the widespread cultural impact and popularity of Google as a search engine.

42. Exploring the Mirror Side of Google

For those who want a whimsical experience, Google offers a mirror version of its search engine called “Google Mirror” (elgooG). When accessed, everything appears reversed, creating a fun and unconventional browsing experience that reflects the world in a unique way.

43. The Mysterious Domain Name

Google owns the domain “1e100.net,” which may appear in your internet connection or network-related activities. The name “1e100” refers to 1 followed by 100 zeros, which is known as a googol—a term inspired by Google’s name.