There are many interesting stories and media reports about Google. Apparently, there are still unique facts that are not known by many people about the company. These facts are displayed on a question and answer site on the internet. In the meantime, you can go to TEC101 if you want to know more news about Google.
Here are some interesting unique facts.
The name Google was born from an “accident”
Google’s history begins with a project undertaken by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1996. At that time, the two graduate students at Stanford University collaborated to develop a search engine called BackRub, which was operated using a server on their campus. In 1997, Larry and Sergey changed the name BackRub to Googol.
Googol is actually a mathematical term, and it’s used for number 1 with 100 zeros behind it. This name was taken to describe Google’s mission as an unlimited repository of information on the internet. However, investors apparently misspelled Googol’s name into Google and had written it down in check. This makes Brin and Page finally “stuck” using Google’s name for their search engine.
Google is one of the digital companies that aggressively acquires potential startups.
Among them, YouTube, Android, Motorola Mobility, Pyra Labs who developed Blogger, and Keyhole Inc., which gave birth to Google Maps and Google Earth services.
Until now, there have been hundreds of startups (startups) that were acquired by Google. Since 2010, if averaged, Google has acquired more than one company every week.
Google’s home page appears clean since it first operated because the two founders did not master HTML
Page and Brin also wanted a search engine with a concise interface. Therefore, searching through Google is made simple. Users only need to press the Enter key after entering their search keywords. Until now, the clean appearance of the Google homepage, showing only the logo and search box, has been maintained.
There are still other interesting facts. Google’s search index has a giant size, which is more than 100 million gigabytes. In other words, it takes more than 100,000 personal hard disks of 1 terabyte size to store the search index.