Google has only been around for a short while and yet has made a major impact on society and culture. People use it for everything from shopping to researching a paper. Heck, we use it all the time! It’s arguably as indispensable as the internet. But what makes Google so unique and successful as a company? Here are 25 facts about Google you’ll be glad to know.
Their name was originally going to be "Backrub."
The early days of Standford’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin first search engine might have been genius but the title was wanting. Yes, originally, they titled it “Backrub” because the engine searched for “back links.” We’re glad they went with Google because “Backrub it” sounds a little awkward.
"Google Mirror" is a rotated version of Google.
If you want to see what things look like on the other side of Google, search for “Google Mirror” and it’ll take you to a page that is completely flipped.
Google is actually a misspelling of "Googol."
After they decided “Backrub” would be a total trainwreck of a name, Sergey and Brin decided on the name “Google” after the mathematical number “googol” which signifies the number 1 by one hundred zeros.
Google Sky gives you a front row seat to the universe.
Everyone knows about Google Earth, the app that lets you explore almost all aspects of our blue planet. But they also have Google Sky, an app that lets you explore stars, constellations and our universe.
You can play "Atari Breakout" in Google Images.
If you go to Google Images and search “Atari Breakout,” it’ll let you play the game on the browser. Give it a shot!
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