Here are some interesting Google facts and figures. We all use Google in some way or the other, mostly for searching on the web (Google Search) and for emailing (GMail). The way Google has evolved itself over time is a story worth telling.
Google Facts - Interesting Facts about Google
Here are some amazing facts and figures about Google. Check out this collection of amazing facts about Google. You are most welcome to share your thoughts or any other facts about Google in the comments section below.
- The name "Google" was an accident. It was a typo (spelling mistake) on the first check that they received from investors who thought they were going for "Googol". So, instead of returning the check, they decided to change the name from Googol to Google.
- Google.com domain went online in September, 1997. Google has become the most powerful tool on internet with its Search Engine and extremely successful Enterprise Services.
- Eric Schmidt was appointed as Google CEO.
- In just one year, 30 million pages were indexed by Google. The indexed page count crossed 1 billion in July 2000.
- In Feb 2003, Google acquired Blogger (One of the most popular Blogging Platform) and in Mar 2003 Google had launched its AdSense Program.
- In Apr 2004, Google introduced its mailing service called Gmail to compete with MSN, Hotmail, Yahoo!, Rediff, Indiatimes and others services available at that time.
- In Aug 2004, Google released its first Initial Public Offering (IPO). By Nov 2004, 8 billion pages were indexed by Google.
- In the year 2006, Google acquired YouTube in the month of Oct by paying $1.65 billion USD.
- In Nov 2007, Google announces its acquisition to the revolutionary Android Operating System.
- By July 2008, 1 trillion pages were indexed by Google.
- Last but not the least, in September 2008, Google brings a robust Browser called Chrome.
- Standford University holds the Page Rank Patent for which Google offer its shares to the University. In 2005, the University sold the Google shares for $336 million USD.
Some Interesting Facts about Google
- Daily Page Views for Google.com: 7.2 billion page views for google.com: 7.2 billion >
- Monthly Worldwide searches on Google Sites: 87.8 billion worldwide searches on google sites: 87.8 billion >
- Daily Visitors to Google.com: 620 million visitors to google.com: 620 million >
- Google Global Search Market Share: 85.78% global search market share: 85.78% >
- GMail was internally used for nearly 2 years prior to launch to the public.
- The amount of data processed by Google on daily basis crosses 20 peta Bytes (PB)
- Google.com’s Global Website Ranking: 1 ’s global website ranking: 1 >
- In Apr 2004, Google’s IPO was targeted to acquire $2,718,281,828 money from the market
- Google generates 97% of the revenue from advertising
- Google Assets as on Dec 2009 was $40.5 billion USD
- In 2004, when Google’s 1st IPO was launched the stock price was $85 which was raised to $535 in Feb 2010.
- Google listens to every feedback actively. Emailing Google isn’t emailing a blackhole.
- Google employees invest 20% of time working on ideas and projects that interest them and note that 50% of Google’s products are originated from that 20% time.
- 45% of Google products are in Beta
- There are 20,000 Android Apps and around 60,000 mobile handsets are shipped everyday.
- On an average, 20 Hours of Video is uploaded on YouTube every minute.
- On Blogger, 270,000 words are written every minute.
- Youtube Online Video Market Share in US is 39.4%
- Share of embedded videos on Blogs is close to 81.9%
- Gmail Users Monthly Count goes to 146 million; 80-100 million Orkut Users
- Google Chrome Market Share is 5.22% and increasing day by day. According to a recent report, Google Chrome has become more popular than FireFox in UK.
- Google’s revenue and profit figures are increasing exceptionally Year-Over-Year. In 2009, Google revenue was estimated as $23,650,560,000 and the Profit in the same year was recorded as $6,520,450,000. Advertising revenue was recorded in 2009: $22,888,804,000. ’s revenue and profit figures are increasing exceptionally year-over-year. in 2009, google revenue was estimated as $23,650,560,000 and the profit in the same year was recorded as $6,520,450,000. advertising revenue was recorded in 2009: $22,888,804,000. >
- 47% revenue is generated by USA alone while UK contributes in 13% of the Google’s revenue. All remaining countries brings only 40% of the total revenue.
By the way, some official google fun facts are mentioned below. They were published on the official Google website at http://www.google.com/press/funfacts.html in past. The link doesn’t work anymore.
Google Fun Facts
Google sorts billions of bits of information for its users. Here are some little-known bits of information about Google:
- Google’s name is a play on the word googol, which refers to the number 1 followed by one hundred zeroes. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and was popularized in the book, "Mathematics and the Imagination" by Kasner and James Newman. Google’s play on the term reflects the company’s mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the web.
- Google started as a research project at Stanford University, created by Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were 24 years old and 23 years old respectively.
- Google’s index of web pages is the largest in the world, comprising of billions of web pages. Google searches this immense collection of web pages often in less than half a second.
- Google receives daily search requests from all over the world, including Antarctica.
- Users can restrict their searches for content in 35 non-English languages, including Chinese, Greek, Icelandic, Hebrew, Hungarian and Estonian. To date, no requests have been received from beyond the earth’s orbit, but Google has a Klingon interface just in case.
- Google has a world-class staff of more than 2,668 employees known as Googlers. The company headquarters is called the Googleplex.
- Google translates billions of HTML web pages into a display format for WAP and i-mode phones and wireless handheld devices, and has made it possible to enter a search using only one phone pad keystroke per letter, instead of multiple keystrokes.
- Google Groups comprises more than 845 million Usenet messages, which is the world’s largest collection of messages or the equivalent of more than a terabyte of human conversation.
- The basis of Google’s search technology is called PageRank™, and assigns an "importance" value to each page on the web and gives it a rank to determine how useful it is. However, that’s not why it’s called PageRank. It’s actually named after Google co-founder Larry Page.
- Googlers are multifaceted. One operations manager, who keeps the Google network in good health, is a former neurosurgeon. One software engineer is a former rocket scientist. And the company’s chef formerly prepared meals for members of The Grateful Dead and funkmeister George Clinton.
Few of the other Google Products includes Google+, AdSense, AdWords, Postini, Google Apps, Calender, Docs & Spreadsheets, Groups, Picasa, Reader, Checkout, GTalk, Translate, Webmaster Tools, Finance, Earth, Toolbar, Maps, Chrome OS, Buzz, Feedburner, DoubleClick, Knol, Wave, Sites, App Engine, Alerts, OpenSocial.
Major Acquisitions by Google
- Pyra Labs - Weblog Software in Feb, 2003
- Urchin - Web Analytics in Mar, 2005
- Android - Mobile Software in Aug 2005
- YouTube - Video Sharing in Oct 2006
- Double Click - An online advertising company in Apr 2007
- Postini - Email Security Company was acquired by Google in July 2007
- AdMob - Mobile Advertising Company was acquired by Google in May 2009