1. Ever thought why Google home page is so bare…?
The main reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn’t know HTML and just wanted a quick interface. Also it was noted that the submit button was a long time coming and pressing the ENTER key was the only way to burst Google into life.
2. The name ‘Google’ was an accident. A spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for ‘Googol’
3. Google owns a bunch of domains that are common misspellings of Google, like gooogle.com, goggle.com, googlr.com, and many more. Even the company owns 466453.com too…
4. Gmail was only used internally for nearly 2 years prior to launch to the public. They discovered that there were approximately 6 types of email users, and Gmail has been designed to accommodate all those 6.
5. The infamous “I feel lucky” is nearly never used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. Users wanted it to be kept.
6. Search “Atari breakout” in Google images and you can play the game. Try it now.
7. The company uses the 20% / 5% rules. If at least 20% of people use a feature, then it will be included. At least 5% of people need to use a particular search preference before it will make it into the ‘Advanced Preferences’.
8. Since Google launched street view in 2007, the team has photographed more than 7.2 million miles of road.
9. When Google wants something, it’s not afraid to drop some cold, hard cash to get it. The company has made more than 170 acquisitions over the year.
Google has been acquiring, on average, more than one company per week since 2010.
10. Ever wondered what would be the size of data acquired by Google’s search index..?
It is more than 100 million gigabyte in size. It would take 100,000 one-terabyte personal drives to contain the same amount of data.
11. People rely on Google’s services so much that when Google went down for 5 minutes in 2013, global internet traffic dropped by 40%.