Rui Carreira is an entertainment buff who writes about a myriad of different things... one of them being lists.
Google's Amazing Facts and Trivia
We all know that Google is pretty much the Lord of the Internet. Can we article writers write up an engaging article without the use of the search box we all like to write on?
I know that I depend on Google a whole lot - I use it to search for virtually everything, from restaurants to raw data on the most complex things in existence. Using Google you can instantly know the diameter of a faraway star - this was unthinkable before!
Throughout the digital age, information is getting a more and more vital role in our everyday lives. Once upon a time people would have to go to a library to find research material on what they were studying, now a quick search can get that out of their way.
Another thing to consider is that even the academic world benefit a lot from this search engine's Google Scholar search mode that allows people to instantly get highly accredited papers from credible sources and reputed universities without having to contact the University staff at all.
Throughout this Hub I'm going to be presenting some amazing or interesting Google facts about the company we all got used to seeing as a beneficial presence.
10 - How Much Would an Ad on Google's Homepage Cost?
Let's start this Google facts list by one amazing trivia that will get your head spinning,
We all know that the blank page of Google could be monetized - and they know it too.
It's just more profitable to keep it simple and blank... we all love it this way, and Google doesn't want to mess that up. Even so, the company calculated that to rent ad space on Google's homepage at google.com, businessmen had to be willing to cough up 10 million dollars!
It's not surprising since you know those impressions would be an insanely high number!
Imagine a brand that would be advertised on Google's main page. Just for the fact that it would be there for everyone to see would be enough to make that company happen, no matter the idea behind it.
Even a parakeet's funeral home would have a bright future with an ad positioning on the world's most valuable page of all time.
9 - Google Was Inspired By Googol:
If you are a maths teacher or a pretty knowledgeable guy, you ought to know the term Googol means a 1 with 100 zeros in front of it...
Well, Google's name was inspired in this mathematical figure, and that's why the search results are displayed like this: GOOOOOOOOOOOOGLE
That may not be amazing, but it's pretty interesting.
8 - First Google Doodle: Google's Doodles began in 1998
It wasn't supposed to become such a tradition, but Google's developers placed a stick figure before the iconic Google logo to let their users know they were attending the "burning man" festival.
Turns out the users liked it and so did the developers - they have been doing Doodles ever since!
And let's face it, they have done some pretty amazing ones lately.
We all like to check them out, and the good thing is we even get to learn a lot from them. It happened to me not to know the reference behind some doodles, so I just click it, and then the story of that event, person, or date is laid out in front of my eyes for me to learn at my leisure.
Convenience and public service.
By the way, the image right above this header is of the first Google Doodle. That was the drawing that inspired it all.
7 - Google Hires Goats: Google Employs Animals
Google has a grassy garden, I mean on its facilities, and it doesn't use land mowers to get the grass cut. Instead, Google rents herds of 500 Goats to do the job!
Why? Most certainly as a Marketing Stunt - to show its creativity - or a Social Marketing decision to show the media it cares about the environment and chooses the green solution.
I wonder if Google hires dust eater microbes to clean all their power-consuming servers!
Nature has effective ways to deal with everything, and that's why some farmers release ladybugs on their orchards, so these bugs can munch on fruit pests. Google has a green thumb that gives it both a positive image and a well-trimmed lawn.
Social Marketing at its best!
6 - Google in Klingon Language: Search Engine in Klingon
It is a well-known fact that Google is translated into more than 80 languages worldwide.
Its popularity makes it a necessity if the Internet Lord wants to expand to all corners of our round globe. But maybe you didn't know that there is a version of Google in Klingon.
I bet there are many happy nerds around that version.
Klingon: qamuSHa' Google!
By the way, if you took the time to learn Klingon, don't you think your time would be better applied to learn a real language instead? Just saying.
5 - Google Mascot: Google has a pet named Stan
Every successful company needs a mascot right? Well Google is no different and in its headquarters it has a pet named Stan.
What kind of pet? Well, a titanic one named T-Rex.
The skeleton of a huge T-Rex named Stan is the mascot of the huge Google, and it makes the delights of children that visit the facilities.
The staff and visitors take a lot of pictures of Google's mascot Stan in different outfits and glasses and parade him around at times, which only adds to the character's personality.
4 - Yahoo Could Buy Google:They Refused and Google Destroyed the Yahoo Brand
Once upon a time, Yahoo was the default search engine for everybody... and lots of people used it.
It just happens that Yahoo had the chance to buy Google for one million dollars. Yahoo rejected the deal, as it felt it was too large of a sum!
Nowadays, Yahoo is worth 20 million dollars, and Google more than $100 million - Boohoo!
3 - How "I'm Feeling Lucky" Loses Google Millions of Dollars:
"I'm feeling lucky" is the button that transports the searcher instantly to the highest-ranking result.
Well, it turns out that Google keeps that button to comfort us - but it is an unlucky Amulet for them, as it makes them lose millions in potential advertising revenues.
The button takes the user to the organically highest ranked site, so no matter how many ads they have for that keyword, they don't get displayed and so Google can't charge them for the impression or click, this is how that button loses Google money. It's a fact.
Personally, I don't use it! What about you?
2 - Google Has Your Data and 1 Million Servers: Tech Companies Own Your Information
Google has a lot of daily searches, more monthly searches, a huge amount of yearly searches - you know what I mean.
All these searches make the necessity of an insane amount of servers an undeniable truth. That's why Google has around 2% of all the World's servers - and this makes for more than 1 million servers worldwide.
Not only that, but they also have your data, trust me on this - there's nothing Google would want to learn about its users that it hasn't still got a way to collect.
Not only this is the case but Facebook does it too, your info is valuable for them, and they are willing to go to great lengths to get it. In fact, Google's business model is not just advertising, but data mining - and they're pretty good at that.
I don't think that's very positive for you as they profit from your information and you end up with nothing.. but as long as my search box works...
1 - Google is God: Omniscient, Omnipresent
God is an omnipotent and omnipresent being.
This is the last item on our Google Did You Know list.
There are a lot of articles, scientific articles, books, and blog posts about why Google is a God - just search it... on Google of course.
The reality is that online, you can't escape it. Google sees your data through searches, ads, the browser Google Chrome, Gmail... and so on.
There are a lot of bloggers out there who are obsessed with this idea lately, probably because of the last point on Google's Information on you. They literally control everything you are, your digital presence, and having the power to show whatever they want for your name when it's googled can be a little creepy.
Time to think twice before saying something nasty online, or posting a picture that can harm your reputation... once it goes online it doesn't come down, and Human Resources know it, they google you all the time!
Google: Did you know? Facts
Rui Carreira (author) from Torres Novas on September 14, 2013:
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Rui Carreira (author) from Torres Novas on January 04, 2013:
Thanks... still my number 1 fan :3
Kisses Flashmakeit :D
flashmakeit from usa on January 04, 2013:
Those are some interesting facts. Vote up!