25 Crazy Insights Into The World Of The Google Empire

Google empire? You better believe it! In 1996 two PhD students at Stanford, Larry Page and Sergei Brin began a research project. The search engines back in the 90s ranked pages according to how many times the keywords appeared on the page. But Larry and Sergei theorized a better system. Their new system ranked pages according to the importance of pages that linked back to the original site. Two years later they incorporated and started their business adventure in a friend’s garage. Since then, Google has grown into the world’s most powerful search engine. It has even entered the English language as a verb (to google something). Its rapid expansion has led to a series of acquisitions that have grown the original vision of the company to something much wider. Today, Alphabet Inc, (its new parent company) is involved with creating self-driving cars, health care, and even space travel. It has been rated one of the most innovative companies in the world and is constantly the envy of engineers everywhere (just ask your smart friends where they wish they could work). So, whether you are a techie, or you have trouble turning on your computer, these are 25 crazy insights into the world of the Google empire!

Featured Image: Carlos Luna via Flickr

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When a Google employee dies, their spouse can receive half pay for up to 10 years and their kids receive $1000 per month until they turn 19.

When a Google employe dies, their spouse can receive half pay for up to 10 years and their kids receive $1000 per month until they turn 19. Who said there are no worker benefits in the US?

Source: businessinsider.com, Image: pixabay

24

16% of daily searches on Google are completely new. As in Google has never seen them before.

16% of the daily searches on Google are completely new. As in Google has never seen them before.

Source: google.com, Image: wikipedia

23

Microsoft has actually created rewards programs (financially oriented) in order to convince people to use Bing instead of Google.

Microsoft has actually created rewards programs (financially oriented) in order to convince people to use Bing instead of Google

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

22

The "I'm Feeling Lucky" button costs Google about $110 million annually because it bypasses all their ads.

Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

21

Every minute, there are 2 million searches performed on Google.

Every minute, there are 2 million searches performed on Google

Source: nytimes, Image: pixabay

20

Since Gmail launched on 1 April 2004, a lot of people just thought it was an April Fool's Day prank.

Since Gmail launched on 1 April 2004, a lot of people just thought it was an April Fool's Day prank

Source: washingtonpost

19

Google's first computer storage was actually made out of LEGO because they needed more space for their hard drives than was available at the time.

Google's first computer storage was actually made out of LEGO because they needed more space for their hard drives than was available at the time

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

18

Google is developing a computer that can program itself (Neural Turing Machine).

Google is developing a computer that can program itself (Neural Turing Machine)

Source: telegraph.co.uk

17

From 2010 to 2014, Fortune Magazine named Google the best company to work for in the US.

From 2010 to 2014, Fortune Magazine named Google the best company to work for in the US

Source: nytimes, Image: pixabay

16

Google was actually named by accident. Larry and Sergei misspelled "googol", which is a number followed by 100 zeroes.

Source: bbc

15

Google favors dogs over cats. Even in their code of conduct it says that they are a "dog company".

Source: abc.xyz, Image: torange.us

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14

Since 2010, every month Google has acquired an average of 2 new companies a month.

Since 2010, every month Google has acquired an average of 2 new companies a month

Source: wikipedia

13

Google owns the domain googlesucks.com (to prevent other people from owning it!).

Google owns the domain googlesucks.com (to prevent other people from owning it!)

Source: domaintools.com

12

Google Maps calculates traffic by computing how fast androids are moving on the road.

Google Maps calculates traffic by computing how fast androids are moving on the road

Source: ncta.com, Image: wikipedia

11

In 2013, Google funded a company that is researching ways to circumvent death (Calico).

In 2013, Google funded a company that is researching ways to circumvent death (Calico)

Source: wikipedia

10

In 2014, nearly 90% of Google's income came from advertising.

In 2014, nearly 90% of Google's income came from advertising

Source: investor.google.com, Image: pixabay

9

Steve Jobs once called Google to tell them that their "O" had the wrong color yellow gradient.

Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

8

In 2010, Nicaragua accidentally invaded Costa Rica because of a mistake in Google Maps.

In 2010, Nicaragua accidentally invaded Costa Rica because of a mistake in Google Maps

Source: wired.com

7

Susan Wojcicki, the woman who rented her garage to Larry Page and Sergei Brin, became the CEO of Youtube

Susan Wojcicki, the woman who rented her garage to Larry Page and Sergei Brin, became the CEO of Youtube

Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

6

In the US, Google searches for "why is my poop green" peak around 5am

Source: nytimes.com, Image: wikipedia

5

Google was originally called BackRub

Google was originally called BackRub

Source: reddit

4

Google claims that GPAs and test scores are useless. There are teams in the company where up to 15% of the employees never went to college

Google claims that GPAs and test scores are useless. There are teams in the company where up to 15% of the employees never went to college

Source: nytimes.com,

3

Google wants to scan every single book in the world by 2020. That would be an estimated 130 million volumes.

Google wants to scan every single book in the world by 2020. That would be an estimated 130 million volumes.

Source: pcworld.com, Image: pixabay

2

Google used a camel to create Street View of the desert

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Google used a camel to create Street View of the desert

Source: cnn, Image: wikipedia

1

Google's first ever tweet was "I'm Feeling Lucky" in binary

Source: mashable.com, Image: pixabay

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