On September 4, 1998, Google was incorporated and now has more than 2.3 million searches performed each second. As one of the most valuable and innovative companies in the world, you may be surprised by the following things you didn’t know about Google.
Google Wasn’t the Original Name Google was the brainchild of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who were both students at Stanford University in 1995 when they developed a search engine based on criteria to determine a ranking of individual sites. They originally called the search engine Backrub because the program examined backlinks as a basis for rating websites. They later renamed it Google based on the mathematical name Googol, which is a one followed by 100 zeroes. When investors from Silicon Valley stepped in with a lot of cash, the search engine was officially born in 1998 in a garage in Menlo Park.
The “I’m Feeling Lucky” Search Is Expensive to Maintain Costing about $110,000 each year originally, the “I’m Feeling Lucky” search has been narrowed down but still offers “I’m Feeling Playful,” “I’m Feeling Adventurous” and other options. By clicking on “I’m Feeling Lucky” and another other option that pops up, the searcher is taken to the top results for that category.
Choosing Your Language Isn’t Limited to Common Ones Google offers commonly spoken languages such as English, Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese, as well as lesser spoken languages such as Nigerian Pidgin but it doesn’t stop there. Users can also choose from fantasy languages such as Bork, Bork, Bork!, Elmer Fudd, Klingon, and Pirate. Users only have to go to their account settings, select language, and scroll down to choose the language they want.
All the Google Doodles Are Online to Play The first doodle produced by Google was based on the Burning Man Festival held annually in Nevada and showed a burning stick figure of a human. This is because Page and Brin both attended the festival, and this was a way to let people know they were going to be gone for a week. Since then, more than 1,000 doodles have appeared on the search engine, and people can enter “doodles” in Google search to see and play all of them, which could keep anyone busy for weeks or months.
Remember Atari? You Can Play it on Google The Atari company was formed in 1972 and produced popular arcade, console, and handheld video games. One of the most popular classic games was called Breakout and was released in 1972 by Steve Jobs, the wizard founder of Apple, and Steve Wozniak. Google lets you play Breakout by going to Google Images and just typing in the words “Atari Breakout.”