Crazy Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Google

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In this post, I bring you Crazy Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Google for Google knowledge as well as hopefully offer you a distracting diversion from your daily life.

Crazy Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Google

Lists of Crazy Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Google

  • There was a point when Google offered to sell their company to Yahoo for just 1 million dollars. Yahoo said no and now Google is worth about 300 thousand times that much.
  • You might already know that Google is owned by a company called alphabet. The funny thing about them though is that when they found out that alphabet.com was already taken. They decided to go for a URL of abc.xyz that’s awesome. 
  • Google helps to fund calico a biotech company built to try and fight death itself.
  • They were just starting the two founders. They rented a garage from a woman to work in pretty standard beginning for a big tech firm. We’ve heard all before but as it turned out this woman was Susan Wojcicki who would actually end up becoming the CEO of YouTube.
  • The company’s motto literally until a few years ago was just don’t be evil. Which they then swapped out to probably a safer move do the right thing.
  • You also might not have realized. That for some time now on the E in the Google logo has been slightly rotated again just show that they like to be unconventional.
  • What about their logo. Well it’s changed a fair bit since launch. Their first iteration in my honest opinion is pretty highness looking. But they quickly swapped it out for a more modern approach. I do like the concept of having mostly primary colors red, green and blue. With the addition of yellow to show that Google doesn’t just follow the rules it changes them.
  • They encourage workers to ride bikes around the campus. You just pick up the nearest one you find write it to the building. You want to go to and leave it there for the next person.
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Google Logo Inspiration
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Google Maps error
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Google sent an email out to employees
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Susan Wojcicki CEO of Youtube
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Google Campus
  • They also instead of using traditional machinery rent two hundred goats to mow the lawns of their Googleplex headquarters. 
  • One thing that Google does do really well though is they’re consistently trying to minimize their environmental impact. As of now Google runs on a hundred percent renewable energy. Every bit of energy that’s used in their offices and their data centers that comes from renewable sources.
  • There was also Google helpouts which I honestly think had potential. It was a little bit like Fiverr. If you’ve ever heard about people who need help with something. They’d log on and they could talk to an expert to try and solve their problem. And pay them for their time. So if I fancied myself as a bit of a Wi-Fi expert. I could sign up as an expert and people could pay me to fix their Wi-Fi problems.
  • Around 2014 Google sensed the dawn of augmented reality. And they tried to build a system for phones to use it. The problem was that it was almost too ahead of its time. It required manufacturers to equip their phones with way too many sensors for a benefit that at the time barely extended beyond a novelty. The project was canned and later converted to what a lot of Android phones use now something called AR core
  • On April 1st 2007 Google sent an email out to employees that a Python had escaped. And was loose in the facility they were not joking and they have been other fails you might remember something called project tango.
  • On April 1st 2004 Google announced Gmail which was kind of crazy. It offered people a free gigabyte of online storage compared to the two megabytes that hotmail did at the time. 
  • It is also one of Google’s favorite applications to mess around with for example. If you ask for directions in certain parts of Scotland. They used to list the Loch Ness monster as a travel option.
  • What about Google Maps then well on one hand over the years. It’s become a more and more impressive tool. You can now use it to virtually visit everything from the base camp of Mount Everest to the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.
  • Not exactly an Easter Egg but you also might not have known that Google ignores the dots in Gmail addresses.
  • In Google Images if you search for Atari breakout. It’ll actually allow you to play the game in your browser. 
  • If you search for vanoss and click the Infinity Gauntlet on the right hand side. You’ll notice your search results fading away one by one until. Only 50% of them remain clicking again restores them this will make a lot more sense if you’ve seen the Marvel films.
  •  If you search Google in 1998. It’ll show you how the site looked back in the day. It makes you very glad.
  • Google is a company that likes to have a lot of fun. And one of the ways they do this is through Easter eggs. Their products and services are littered with them.
  •  A few years ago Google acquired a company called deep mind. Who is working on something they called the neural Turing machine a computer. Built in a similar way to the human brain combining human pattern recognition with the sheer ability of a computer to just crunch numbers. It can program itself it’s not all creepy though. 
  • The American country of Nicaragua accidentally invaded Costa Rica. Because of a Google Maps error. Map said that Nicaragua owned a piece of land that was actually part of Costa Rica. So, without realizing it was just a mistake on Google’s end the Nicaraguans. They actually went to Costa Rica and started planting their flags down.
  • Google starting with our reliance on it on the 16th of August 2013. Google went down for 5 minutes and in that time global Internet traffic went down by 40 percent.
  •   They also patented a gaze tracking system. Where while showing adverts. Google can see if people are actually looking at them they can see where your pupils are facing. And even the dilation of them which would signal how much of an emotional response the advert give vote. 
  •  They actually applied for a patent to equip smartphones with sensors. That could detect environmental conditions like light and temperature to further personalized ads. Based on this so for example they could know. If you’re sitting in the baking hot Sun. And then they could send you a personalized advert for a local ice-cream van.
  •  They have even tried to patent. The hand heart gesture and it has got nothing to do with showing someone your feelings about them. When they were investing heavily in their Google glass project glasses that could see the world with augmented reality. They wanted a hand gesture that people could make in front of their glasses to tell the glasses to take a photo of whatever you were seeing.
  • Google makes a lot of their money from advertising .And the best way to maximize this revenue is to make sure that the ads you’re sending are well matched to the consumers seeing those ads. If you as a viewer like an ad you see it’s a win-win situation. You’re discovering a new product you’ll find useful and the company selling it. 
  •  They’ve also patented a smart walking stick with embedded cameras and a GPS system. It created to capture Google Maps Street View in remote locations. The idea was to hand these out to employees to go walking with. And when they do that every time their stick would touch the ground. The camera on top would take a photo and the GPS module will associate that with specific coordinates.
  •  Speaking of patents Google lost them. And I’ve got a few favorites google has patented an electronic tattoo. But with a tiny working printed circuit board made to power an internal microphone. That can be placed inside your body to make communication with your smart devices clearer.
  •  This one’s unexpected you might know that Microsoft’s Windows Mobile software. It kind of failed to gain traction but that doesn’t mean they’ve completely failed in the smartphone space. They own patents that Android supposedly infringes on butter’s that are just taking him to court both parties are better off. If Microsoft just tells Android to pay them royalties for it.
  • Also interesting is the logo the person who designed. It she Ashley got her inspiration from a bathroom sign. The word Android refers to a male robot. So she took the men’s bathroom image adjusted it to fit. The brief and used a green color to signify growth because I guess plants are green and plants grow.
  • What about Google’s smartphone operating system Android. Why is a mobile phone OS named after a robot. Well Andy Rubin who is one of the founders was given the nickname Android at his previous job. Just because of how much he loved robotics. 
  • Google was first stored on 10 4GB hard drives arranged. For it a Lego casing the Lego actually made it easy for them to attach more storage later.
  • A Google is the name given to a massive number one followed by a hundred zeros. It just signifies the idea that Google intended to become this almost limitless bank of information
  •  In the early days Google was actually called backrub. There was a reason back then when people would search your website was ranked just based on how many backlinks he had. Or in other words how many other sites had links that came back to your site. If there were lots of other sites linking to your site. Google considered it an important site and therefore ranked it higher. They spent a year with this name before seeing the bigger picture. 
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Google Campus
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Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin
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Andy Rubin Founder of Android
  •  The two founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They only met because Larry was considering applying to a grad school and Sergey. Just so happened to be at that grad school and was assigned to show him around on the day.
  •  They’re incredibly young Google is actually less old than even Netflix. And yet they’ve got one of the highest revenues of all time they make around two hundred thousand dollars of revenue per minute not quite as much as Apple’s 300,000 but not a figure to be looked down on by any stretch it’s crazy to think that with everything they’ve built that Google only exists because of an incredibly lucky encounter.
  • When a Google employee dies their partner gets half of their wage for the next 10 years. So this out the box thinking is definitely one of the factors I think is contributed to Google becoming a success story.
  • I gotta say the perks are definitely worth the eccentricity Googlers. Get gourmet dishes from around the world cooked for them. They don’t pay for it and the founders made it clear that no employee should be more than 200 feet from a cafeteria.
  • They even refute convention when it comes to naming their employees. If you’re a mature Google worker you’re a Googler. If you’re new in take your Noogler. If you’ve left the company you’re like an X there for a Xoogler. And if you’ve got a pet it’s a Doodler.
  • You know that Dino run game that pops up on Google when you have no internet. well that was in part inspired by the massive T-Rex dinosaur statue. They have their funny story as well as the whole creativity element. That statue is bought to remind the workers at Google to make sure that Google doesn’t go extinct like the dinosaurs did.
  • Google’s campus is partly built like a playground to stimulate creativity.
  • Slides right out of a playground to get from upper floors to lower floors. It is a weird touch for sure but I could see how it gives people little moments of stress relief and it’s not just about stress. 
  • For starters Google makes it a mission to keep stress as low as possible. They’ve installed high-tech energy pods which use NASA science to help people achieve brief but effective naps during the day. 
  • Google has its main headquarters in California. Spread across the massive campus it calls the Googleplex

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