If you use the internet, you must use Google. Whatever problem or question we have, Google is the first thing we turn to for answers. It has come to the point where it is impossible to imagine our lives without it. In just a matter of a few years, it has captured more than 80 percent of the online search market. But while we are using Google so much, how well do we know it?
Besides the fact that it is the world’s most popular search engine, what else is there that we are aware of it? Do you know how old is Google, when is Google’s birthday celebrated, when was Google founded or who founded Google?
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Well, you most probably don’t because if you did you wouldn’t have landed on this page, right? So, let us find out when exactly was Google born and when to celebrate Google’s birthday.
As far as Google birthday is concerned, it falls on 27th September and that is the day when it has been celebrated since 2006. However, there was confusion regarding it before the year. In the year 2005, it was celebrated a day before, i.e., 26th September. Furthermore, in 2004, Google Doodle for its birthday went online on 7th September, and the year before that it was 8th September. So, even Google is not sure about the exact date when it was born.
Though there is no certainty on when exactly Google was born, the closest thing to a corporate birthday is 4th September, the date when the company was incorporated in 1998. Hence, it's certain that the date is somewhere around that.
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Now coming to notion concerning how old Google is, all that can be said with complete certainty is that Google is an adult. On 27th September 2016, a Google Doodle marking the 18th birthday of the search engine emerged and with this issue, the count to the number of times Google has celebrated its 18th birthday has risen to 6. Thus, the exact age of the search engine is hard to decipher.
To shed some more light on the matter, let's take a look at how it came into being.
You already know that Google was born, legally speaking, on 4th September 1998, the date the company was incorporated; however, its journey started long before that. The idea of the search engine, which was going to revolutionize the way we scout the web, in fact, emerged in 1996 when two young graduate students, Google founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin collaborated on a search engine project to rank pages based on the number of other websites linked to them. Originally called BackRub, the founder of Google’s first venture into the world of search engines operated on Stanford’s servers before it went global. It was in 1997 that Page decided that the name BackRub wasn’t good enough. The name ‘Google’ was zeroed in after several brainstorming sessions.
So, one could say that Google is essentially 21 years old now.
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But whatever the date of birth of the search engine may be, there is no denying that Google has revolutionized the way internet is used and continues to do so. The company is only second to Apple regarding brand value, boasting more than USD 100 billion-worth goodwill in the market. If that makes you wonder the amount of money Google makes, then here's a fact for you! It made more than USD 75 billion in revenue from Google Adwords alone in 2015. That should be all to suggest the business it makes in a year!
Google’s Birthday in 2017 is on Wednesday, 27th September, and we hope you are ready for it.
Before you go, check out some amazing facts about Google.
#1. Google Came From A Typo
The name ‘Google’ actually came from Sean Anderson, a Stanford student who, during a brainstorming session, suggested ‘Googolplex.' It was then shortened to ‘Googol’ which is a number equivalent to 10 raised to the power of 100. The story of how ‘Googol’ became ‘Google’ is while Anderson was checking for a domain, he misspelled, and Page liked it even more.
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#2. The First Ever Google Doodle Was A Burning Man
Google Doodles have always been intriguing but do you know what was the first ever Google Doodle? It was a burning man stick figure which came out when Page and Brin visited Nevada’s Burning Man Festival. It was uploaded to tell users that they two were out of the office and could not fix technical errors at the time.
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#3. Google Founders Have A Private Runway at NASA
Corporate executives may enjoy a number of perks, but the two Google founders take it to whole another level. The founders of Google along with some elite Google executives get to park their private planes at the federally managed Moffett Field Airfield run by NASA which is usually closed to private aircraft.
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#4. You Cannot Misspell Google
Another fascinating fact about the giant search engine is that it also owns several domains with common misspellings of its name. So, if you try to open ‘gogle.com,' ‘googel.com’ or ‘gooogle.com’ in the address bar, you will be automatically redirected to the original Google website.
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#5. Google Employees Die In Peace
Everybody knows that being a Google employee has its perks, from working in iconic office spaces and getting paid good to working with some of the brightest minds in the world, but these go way beyond that. They get death benefits as well, meaning that when they die, their surviving partners get half of their salary for the rest of their life.
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#6. As part of their green initiative, Google regularly rents goats to mow the lawns of their mountain view HQ
Google is renting the goats from a company called California Grazing. Apparently, every so often a herder will bring about 200 of them to the campus and they’ll roam around for a week eating the grass. Not only that, these goats will fertilize the land at the same time — yes, that way.
Google claims the goats will cost about the same as lawn mowers would. And a border collie named Jen will be brought onto Google’s payroll to help with the herding as well, apparently. No word on how the maintenance workers who previously had this job feel about losing work to goats.
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And, the workers guarantee they discover it quieting to see goats outside the windows.
#7. Since 2010, Google has been acquiring an average of one company every week.
Android, Youtube, Waze, you name it, Google owns it. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt just took the stage at the Le Web conference to chat about Android, the search giant’s expansion and more. When he was asked about why the search engine hadn’t acquired any French companies, Schmidt jokingly commented on stage that Google was now buying around one company day.
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#8. The first Google computer storage was built with Legos
In 1996 Larry Page and Sergey Brin, then PhD students in Standford CSD, working on the Digital Library Project, needed a large amount of diskspace to test their Pagerank algorithm on actual world-wide-web data. At that time 4 GigaByte hard disk were the largest available, so they assembed 10 of these drives into a low cost cabinet.
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#9. No part of a Google office is allowed to be more than 150 feet away from some kind of food.
Cofounder Sergey Brin once commanded his architects and office designers that “No one should be more than 150 feet away from food.” Since that proclamation, many outsiders have written offered their take on the intent behind this legendary Google perk. The most pessimistic explanation for free food (as well as onsite haircuts, complimentary laundry, nap pods and the like) is that Google wants to create a workplace where workers don’t want to leave.
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#10. Google wanted to sell itself to online company Excite in 1999 for $1 million, but the Excite CEO rejected the offer.
Brin and Page were worried the search engine was taking away too much time from their research. Khosla (then partner at venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins) had convinced Brin and Page to sell Google for $1 million. However, George Bell, CEO of Excite, refused the offer. Following this, Khosla managed to convince the Google duo to drop their price to $750,000, but Bell still wasn’t interested.
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Today, Google is worth $358,858,000,000 more than Page wanted to sell it for.
Now that you know when was Google founded as well as some interesting facts about the search engine, it is time for you to tell us what you think about the topic and share some more intriguing facts about Google with us through your comments in the dedicated section? Also, do not forget to vote in the intriguing poll that we have for you below.
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The internet search giant is celebrating its 19th anniversary on 27th September 2017.
Not even Google seems to really know when it was formed. Since 2006, it has celebrated its birthday on September 27, but the year before that, had it as September 26. How can we be really sure about Google's birthday in 2017?