Unveiling the Hidden Gems: Lesser-Known Facts About Google


Google, a name synonymous with Internet search and technological innovation, has a history as rich and diverse as the internet itself. It began as a research project by two brilliant minds, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, at Stanford University in the late 1990s. It has evolved into a global tech giant that touches almost every aspect of our digital lives. Behind the familiar search bar lies a fascinating story of entrepreneurship, innovation, and a commitment to making information universally accessible. In this exploration of Google’s journey, we delve into the lesser-known aspects of this tech titan’s history, uncovering intriguing facts that have shaped the way we navigate the digital landscape.


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Here are some lesser-known facts about Google:

  1. Google Was Originally a Research Project: Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google as a research project at Stanford University in 1996. They initially called it “Backrub” because of its backlink analysis algorithm.
  2. The First Google Doodle: In 1998, the Google founders added a stick figure to the logo to let people know they were out of the office at the Burning Man festival. This marked the birth of Google Doodles.
  3. Google’s First Office: Google’s first office was in a garage in Menlo Park, California. The famous Silicon Valley garage startup story began here.
  4. The “I’m Feeling Lucky” Button Costs Google Millions: Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” button, which takes users directly to the first search result, costs millions of dollars in lost advertising revenue every year because users don’t see ads when they use this feature.
  5. Google’s T-Rex Game: When your internet connection goes down and you see the “No Internet” message in the Chrome browser, you can actually play a hidden T-Rex game by pressing the spacebar.
  6. Google’s April Fools’ Pranks: Google is known for its elaborate April Fools’ Day pranks. One year, they claimed to have invented “Google Translate for Animals” and another year introduced “Google Nose,” claiming to let you search by scent.
  7. Google’s Data Centers: Google has enormous data centers around the world, but most of them are hidden from view. Some are even located underwater to improve cooling and energy efficiency.
  8. Google’s First Tweet: Google’s first-ever tweet was “I’m feeling lucky” in binary code: “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010.”
  9. Googolplex: The name “Google” is a play on the word “googol,” which is the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. Googleplex is an even larger number: 1 followed by a googol of zeros.
  10. Google’s Solar Power: It is committed to renewable energy. They’ve invested in solar power projects and aim to operate on 100% renewable energy.

These facts highlight some of the interesting and quirky aspects of Google’s history and operations. Google is more than just a search engine; it’s a fascinating company with a rich history of innovation and creativity.

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