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12 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Google

Google is one of the most popular and second most valuable brands in the world. Founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google is the ultimate search engine.

Google has taken over almost every aspect of our life. Want to search something on the internet? We got the search engine. Want to send email? We got Gmail. Want a new phone? Android. There are so many services, it’s quite hard to keep a track. Yep, they are that big of a company. And, you know what I love me the most? Even though they are a multi-billion-dollar company, they have kept their homepage layout extremely simple.

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You may think of yourself as a Google expert, but I bet even you may not know all the facts mentioned below. Here’re 12 things you probably didn’t know about Google:

  1. In its early times, when they weren’t the internet giant, Google could process only 30-35 pages per second. Now? Well, now it’s millions of pages per second.
  2. Google doodles are now a part of the overall Google experience. Did you know that the first Google doodle was a Burning Man stick figure? Yep, it was created in August of 1998 to inform people that they are going to the Burning Man festival.
  3. The name ‘Google’ is derived from the mathematical term ‘googol’ which is basically 1 with 100 zeros following it. Another story says that the term Google is a misspelling of the term googol. So the company got its name by accident?
  4. As part of their green initiative, Google regularly rents goats to mow the lawns of their mountain view HQ.
  5. The “I’m feeling lucky” button on the main page used to cost the company a whopping $110 million dollars every year as it would bypass all ads to show the top results immediately.
  6. It’s no secret that Google is tracking you all the time. But, did you know that you can apply for a job at Google just by using their search engine? Apparently, if you search for some specific programming terms, Google may invite you for a job interview.
  7. Google employees in the US get death benefits which guarantee that the surviving spouse will receive 50% of their salary every year for the next ten years.
  8. Every food place in the Google HQ is within the reach of 150 feet.
  9. Google wanted to sell itself to online company Excite in 1999 for $1 million, but the Excite CEO rejected the offer.
  10. Until March 2001, the Google homepage was aligned to the right instead of center.
  11. Google’s re-CAPTCHA helps their computer learn how to read texts.
  12. On August 19, 2013, Google went down for two minutes. This reduced the internet traffic by 40 percent.

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