Here are 100 interesting facts about Google that you may not already know.
1. The very first Google doodle is known as the ‘Burning Man’.
2. The first Google stock was priced at $84 per share.
3. Google stock price is now worth over $600 per share.
4. The original storage for Google was made in part from LEGO.
5. The first Google tweet was written in binary code and means ‘I’m feeling lucky’.
6. Goats are used to keep the weeds under control at the Googleplex.
7. The word ‘google’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2006.
8. New members of the Google team are known as ‘Nooglers’.
9. Google HQ staff members are allowed to bring their dogs to work.
10. The first company snack was a chewy candy known as ‘Swedish Fish’.
11. The Google logo was not actually centered on the homepage until 2001.
12. Googleplex has a scale replica fossilized T-Rex skeleton.
13. Bikes are the favorite mode of transport at the Googleplex.
14. Google sometimes rents a whole cinema to show new films for staff.
15. Staff members get 18 weeks paid maternity leave at Google.
16. Google’s Intranet provides photos of all 19,000+ employees.
17. The Googleplex has a complex air filtration system to ensure the air inside buildings is clean.
18. Google April Fool’s Day pranks have included job advertisements for engineers ‘on the moon’.
19. There are many clubs at Google, including the Black Googlers Network.
20. The grand staircase at the Googleplex is made from Brazilian hardwood.
21. The entrance to the Google New York HQ is made from LEGO.
22. Googleplex has an onsite farmer’s market for staff.
23. Google took $6.77 billion in revenues in just the first quarter in 2010.
24. Google gets double the average share of online advertisement revenues in the US.
25. Google ad revenue is increasing steadily at the rate of around 22% per year.
26. Google is seven times more profitable than the next largest advertising agency.
27. The first test versions of Google were known as project ‘BackRub’.
28. Google’s first investor was called Andy Bechtolsheim.
29. Google’s first office was set up in a garage owned by Susan Wojcicki in 1998.
30. This garage and house are now tourist attractions and are owned by Google.
31. The first Google ‘company dog’ was a Leonberger breed called ‘Yoshka’.
32. Nobody actually knows how many servers and data centers Google operates.
33. The Googleville data center uses enough electricity to power 82,000 homes.
34. It costs Google 1kJ of energy every time a search query is processed.
35. The Googleplex has a rooftop full of solar panels that generate 4,475 kWh daily.
36. A Google trike has been designed to take images in places inaccessible by car.
37. The ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button on Google costs $110 million a year in skipped advertising.
38. The basic aim of Google is to connect the world with the Internet.
39. The Google homepage started off sparse as the founders did not know HTML code.
40. In early tests, users thought the sparse Google design was a loading error.
41. Google has one of the best search spell checkers in the business.
42. The ‘I’m feeling lucky’ button is hardly ever used.
43. Google owns the Orkut social network.
44. Google has the biggest network of translators in the world.
45. New features in Google are only kept if 20% or more people use them.
46. Google only tests new features on a small range of people.
47. The name Google was actually a spelling mistake, it was supposed to be ‘Googol’.
48. Gmail is Google’s email account offering.
49. Google employees are allowed to devote 20% of their time to personal projects.
50. When Google first started, it indexed just 25,000 web pages.
51. Google now indexes billions of web pages.
52. Search engines such as Google are vital to the Internet.
53. Around 25% of searches on Google are unique.
54. Google uses over 200 ‘signals’ to rank a website.
55. iGoogle was one of the fastest growing products of 2006.
56. iGoogle has over 10,000 free gadgets.
57. Google can operate in over 110 different languages.
58. Google offers automated translation options in over 12 languages.
59. Universities around the world use Google Apps for education.
60. The Google San Francisco shuttle bus service is the largest in the area.
61. The Googleplex has the biggest corporate solar panel installation in the US.
62. Google Adsense users earned over $3 billion in revenues in 2009.
63. Google uses an ‘immortal cookie’ that expires in 2038.
64. Google records your Internet IP address every time you search.
65. Google retains data records of users indefinitely.
66. Many Google employees have experience in high security fields such as the National Security Agency.
67. The free Google toolbar can record every page you surf online.
68. The Google toolbar updates automatically with new versions.
69. The only way to prevent your website being cached on Google is to add a robots meta tag with the ‘noarchive’ attribute on each page.
70. Google has a 75% monopoly on all external referrals to the most websites.
72. There is no way to know what Google is doing with all the data it harvests.
73. Google PageRank was named after Larry Page, one of the Google founders.
74. Google’s cache allows you to see a snapshot of older versions of websites.
75. Google receives search requests from Antarctica.
76. The Google home page has over 30 validation errors.
77. The Google search engine can process over a billion requests every day.
78. The Google homepage copyright message was added to show people the page had loaded fully.
79. It is thought Google now has over 500,000 servers across the world.
80. Google started life as a university research project.
81. Larry Page and Sergey Brin were each under 25 years old when Google was launched.
82. The word ’googol’ is a mathematical term representing a 1 followed by one hundred zeroes.
83. The mathematical term ‘googol’ was coined by Milton Sirotta.
84. You can set your Google homepage to use the Klingon language.
85. Google translates billions of webpages for wireless device formats.
86. Google once gave Stanford University 1.8 million shares.
87. Google.com gets over 620 million hits every day.
88. 97% of Google’s revenue comes from advertising.
89. 20 petabytes of information are processed daily by Google.
90. Google’s assets have been recently valued at over $40 billion.
91. Long term employees at Google as known as Googlers.
92. 37% of all Google staff are in sales/marketing.
93. Nearly half of all Google products are in beta.
94. Google has over 19,800 employees worldwide.
95. Google Chrome now boasts over a 5% market share.
96. Over 146 million people use Gmail.
97. Google Analytics is one of the best statistical platforms available.
98. 57% of the world’s top websites use Google Analytics.
99. Google paid $1.65 billion for YouTube in 2006.
100. 270,000 words a minute are written on Google’s Blogger platform.