When it comes to searching anything in online world , whether it is the history way before the beginning of human era or the latest happening in todays world , the most useful source we do usually prefer is non other than THE GOOGLE. But very few of us really know about the reckless journey covered by google to become Google. In our this article we’ll let you know about the interesting inside story of Google you might haven’t came across yet.
Backrub to Google:
It all began in 1996 at Stanford University where two Ph.D students and good friends Larry Page and Sergey Brin started collaborating on a search engine called BackRub as a research project. BackRub operates on Stanford servers for more than a year. Google.com was registered as a domain on September 15.Google got its name by accident. The founders misspelled the word “googol,” which refers to the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. The word was chosen to reflect the company’s goal of organizing the massive amount of information that is available on the Internet.Its mission statement from the outset was “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,”and its unofficial slogan was “Don’t be evil”!
**And thanks to the name change,no one today is asking,”Did you Backrub it?”**
Google on sale:
The first funding for Google was an August 1998 contribution of $100,000 from Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, given before Google was incorporated.
But meanwhile Brin and Page decided that the search engine they had developed was taking up too much time and distracting their academic pursuits. They went to Exite’s CEO George Bell and offered to sell it to him for $1 million.Vinod Khosla, one of Excite’s venture capitalists talked the duo down to $750,000. But Bell still rejected the offer and later criticized Khosla. Excite, meanwhile, was acquired by Ask Jeeves in 2004. That company became Ask.com . They also talked to Yahoo!,Infoseek,Lycos etc. but they weren’t for much money. So they went back to stanford to work on it some more.
Google sets up it’s workspace in Susan Wojcicki’s garage on Santa Margarita Ave., Menlo Park, Calif in 1998 and Larry and Sergey hired their first employee, Craig Silverstein who was a fellow CS grad student at Stanford who works at Google for 10+ years before joining education startup Khan Academy. They had outgrown their garage office and move to new digs at 165 University Avenue in Palo Alto with just eight employees in 1999.
They hired their first chef, Charlie Ayers in november 1999. His previous claim to fame was catering for the Grateful Dead; he now owns a cafe in Palo Alto. Today Google’s food programs focus on providing healthy, sustainably sourced food to fuel Googlers around the world.
Google’s first award:
In 2000 they won their first Webby Awards: Technical Achievement (voted by judges) and Peoples’ Voice (voted by users).
Google’s doodles are very famous nowdays .In any special events or anniversaries google comes up with new doodle. Google ran their very first series of doodles featuring a little alien and the first doodle was not associated with any particular event.Google’s first international doodle celebrates Bastille Day in France.
Google’s first ever twitter post:
Google’s first ever twitter post was as satisfying geeky as you could hope for. The message , sent in february 2009, reads “I’m 01100110 01100101 0110011 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010.” For anyone not fluent in binary, here’s a hint – it’s a well known phrase from the company’s hompage . Got it ? Yep, it reads : “I’m feeling lucky.”
Google Images was launched in 2001, initially offering access to 250 million images.
- Orkut: launched in january 2004.
- Gmail: launched in April fool’s day 2004.
- Google maps: goes live in February 2005.
- Youtube: acquired by google in october 2006.
- Google talk: launched in august 2005 which further had been rolled into Hangouts in 2013.
Google April fool:
Google changed it’s name to Topeka for April Fools’ Day(2010)—a tribute to Topeka, Kansas, which changed its name to Google as part of an effort to bring Fiber to that city.
Google hidden tricks:
There are some really cool hidden stuff you can do with google search , just hit a try on it:
- type ‘do barrel roll ‘( and click on “i’m feeling lucky” ): you will see a 360 degree flip.
- type ‘google gravity'( and click on “i’m feeling lucky” ): you will see all the icons over the page falling down.
- type ‘google pacman'( and click on “i’m feeling lucky” ): you can play pacman game.
- type ’tilt'( and click on “i’m feeling lucky” ): you can see google in a tilted way.
- type ‘atari breakout'(and go to images): you can play old school brick breaking game.
“Did you mean …..” feature:
Everybody would be aware of Google’s most improved spell checker that many times punctuate us when we type any misspelled word by saving Did you mean…isn’t it! So,after adding this features to the search Google noticed the biggest leap in its search engine usage or it just doubled their traffic.
##”Always deliver more than expected”##:
As the above mentioned quote given by Larry Page Google has also always delivered more than expected to us. Since 1996 till now Google has changed a lot , again as said by Larry Page “Many leaders of big organizations, I think don’t believe that change is possible, but if you look at history,things do change, and if your business is static, you’re likely to have issues.”