13 Amazing Google Facts You DONT Know

I am a huge Google geek, so these Google facts were like soft porn to me.

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1. Google receives daily search requests from all over the world, including Antarctica.

2. Google’s Home Page Has 63 Validation Errors. Don’t believe me?: Check Google Validation

3. The Google search engine receives about a billion search requests per day.

4. The infamous “I’m feeling lucky” button is nearly never used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. Users wanted it kept. It was a comfort button.

5. Due to the sparseness of the homepage, in early user tests they noted people just sitting looking at the screen. After a minute of nothingness, the tester intervened and asked ‘Whats up?’ to which they replied “We are waiting for the rest of it”. To solve that particular problem the Google Copyright message was inserted to act as a crude end of page marker.

6. The name ‘Google’ was an accident. A spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for ‘Googol’.

7. Google has the largest network of translators in the world.

8. Employees are encouraged to use 20% of their time working on their own projects. Google News, Orkut are both examples of projects that grew from this working model.

9. Google consists of over 450,000 servers, racked up in clusters located in data centers around the world.

10. Google started in January, 1996 as a research project at Stanford University, by Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were 24 years old and 23 years old respectively.

11. Google is a mathematical term 1 followed by one hundred zeroes. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasne.

12. Number of languages in which you can have the Google home page set up, including Urdu, Latin and Klingon: 88

13. Google translates billions of HTML web pages into a display format for WAP and i-mode phones and wireless handheld devices.

 

  • http://www.technomagick.com Paul Logasa Bogen II

    #8 is incorrect my old officemate who was interviewed by Google was told 10%.

    #12 implies that Urdu is a made up or dead language like Klingon and Latin respectively, despite it being spoken by 160 million people, making it more common than German or Japanese.

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  • http://www.MobileMarketingWatch.com David

    Hey Dean!

    nice post. Great reading for a Friday afternoon. Right, I need to locate your doesn’t suck button for a new site ;)

    David
    http://www.MobileMarketingWatch.com

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  • heffy

    in #11 Google should be spelled Googol.

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  • http://londonbikers.com Jay Adair

    I just like the opening image, well done! No, in all seriousness, this is a good list. The mind boggles at what sort of process is required to catalogue the web the way they do.

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  • http://www.thearticlewriter.com/blog Matt Keegan

    I can’t imagine the “Googol” spelling having the same traction as Google does today. Good thing an editor spelled the name correctly or we’d be googolling the internet. Golly!

    Matt
    http://www.thearticlewriter.com/blog

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  • strawberry blueberry raspberry

    google: “barney google”

    “A cigar smoking little guy with big eyes, Barney Google was a hugely popular cartoon character created by Billy DeBeck, the original Google who came along in 1919…”

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  • http://www.freecashbets.com Dez

    Super Post!
    Great for novice internet users like me!
    Many Thanxs

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  • http://www.freecashbets.com Martin

    Wow! What a great pair of Tips! LOL
    Im amazed at the areas that are uncovered!

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  • http://www.parisnajd.com صور

    amazing facts

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  • http://techchickblog.com Gabrielle

    First, great post! I always wondered about the spelling of Google – why it wasn’t just spelled as it should be.
    Second – great picture! Sure got my attention :)

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  • richard

    your a bad nerd!

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  • http://www.miraxxx.com/ mira xxx

    Wow! What a great pair of Tips! LOL
    Im amazed at the areas that are uncovered!

    :-D

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  • http://projektowaniedomow.blogspot.com/ Projektowanie Domow

    Great for novice internet users like me!

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  • http://google jose

    she is fine

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  • bub

    Google started in January, 1996 as a research project at Stanford University, by Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were 24 years old and 23 years old respectively.

    1996 is my birth year!!!

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  • evelyn

    wow i didn’t know any of this!!! i am actually severely bored and started googleing random things and this is what i ended up with :) although i really didn’t need to know any of this ;) hey does anyone know how to get/how people got a job at google?

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  • http://linkoroo.com/ Linkoroo

    WOW! I would’ve never though that Google page would have validation errors. I wonder if this means that it’s overrated to get those minor problem fixed?

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  • http://qmail.com enis

    your facts suck

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  • Rachael

    Evelyn,
    I’m not sure exactly how Google gets it employee’s…but you could Google it?? aha

    Nah, I googled it for you and here’s what I came up with..
    http://www.google.com.au/intl/en/jobs/index.html
    :) enjoy.

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  • http://www.Techreuters.com dheeraj

    Really Amazing facts that every person must know!

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  • Ketan Parekh

    Try out Facebook, with least error than Google…only “13 errors”.

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  • http://www.iGoalzCoaching.com RC

    First time I heard of Google (in the 90s) I thought they were called Goggle, which made some sense to me (a lens for looking into the web). Hadn’t ever heard the word Google before. Now everybody knows it and it’s a verb!

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  • http://www.facebook.in sayaji

    wow this all facts are really very exciting

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  • No

    its awesome

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  • Mj Kim

    no

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  • Mj Kim

    it’s sooo cooool

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  • tom

    Most of this is out of date. And trust me they have a hell of alot more than 450,000 servers… I’ve seen some of them! :)

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