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Thursday, September 27, 2012

10 Things You Didn't Know About Google

Didja Know?

1. Google’s original name original name was “BackRub” (for its ability to analyze the "back links" pointing to a given Web site).
 
2. The first prototype of Google used an array of 10 hard drives with a capacity of 4 GB each … mounted in a box built out of Legos.
3. Google got its name when the founders misspelled the word "googol," which refers to the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes. The word was chosen to reflect the company's goal of organizing the massive amount of information that is available on the Internet.
 
4. Google.com was registered in 1997 - a year before the site launched.
 
5. The first Google Doodle was posted in 1998, to let people know that founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were "offline" at the Burning Man festival
6. Google’s first Twitter post was sent in February 2009: “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010.” Translated from binary: “I’m feeling lucky."
 
7. The "I feel lucky" is almost never used. However, research shows that users see it as a “comfort button” and do not want it removed.
 
8. On September 21, 1999, the beta label came off Google.com
 
9. “Google” became a verb in the Merriam Webster and Oxford English Dictionary in June 2006.
10. Users can search for content in using 72 language interfaces including Icelandic, Chinese, Estonian, Greek, Hebrew, and Hungarian. Google also has a Klingon interface.

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