Google @23; Know some crazy facts about the search engine giant

Bhubaneshwar: The search engine giant google turns 23 on Monday with an animated chocolate cake on its homepage.

The animated doodle features a cake with ’23’ written on it with a birthday candle replacing ‘L’ in ‘Google’.

“Every day, there are billions of searches on Google in over 150 languages ​​around the world, and although a lot has changed since Google’s early days, from its first server housed in a cabinet built from blocks from toys to its servers now hosted in more than 20 data centers around the world, its mission to make the world’s information accessible to everyone remains the same,” Google wrote in a biography accompanying the Doodle.

Google had started its activities in 1998 as a research project of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two researchers from Stanford University, California.

The domain google.com was registered on September 15, 1995. Page and Brin registered Google as a company on September 4, 1998.

Sundar Pichai took over as Google CEO on October 24, 2015. Over the years, the search engine has expanded its services.

Here are some crazy facts you might not know about Google:

1. Google was originally called BackRub

Page and Brin named their research project BackRub — a concept crawler — in 1996 before calling it Google. It had been on Stanford University’s servers for over a year.

2. Google or ‘googol’?

The search engine got the name Google from the mathematical term “googol” which refers to a number followed by 100 zeros. Many still wonder if Google was a misspelling of Googol.

3. Google first operated its office in a rented garage

In September 1998, the founders set up Google offices in a rented garage of their friend Susan Wojcicki in Menlo Park, California. Currently, Susan is the CEO of YouTube. The business ran from the garage for six months.

4. “Don’t be evil”: Google’s unofficial motto

“Don’t be mean” was supposed to be the company’s code of conduct. However, the phrase was removed in 2018.

5. Charlie Ayers, Google’s caterer

Charlie Ayers first cooked for the Grateful Dead, a rock band, in exchange for free admission to their shows. Later, he became a Google caterer and eventually served 4,000 daily lunches and dinners at 10 cafes in Mountain View, California.

6. Swedish Chef Jargon Preference in Google Search

In 2001, Google opened doors for search queries and results in Swedish chef lingo (called Bork Bork Bork, to be technical).

7. Gmail launched on April Fool’s Day

Google unveiled Gmail on April Fool’s Day in 2004. Today, it serves millions of users around the world every day.

8. Google executives worked together for the long haul

Before the company went public in 2004, Eric Schmidt, then CEO of Google and currently executive chairman of Alphabet, and the founders of Google worked together for 20 years.

9. Google used as a verb in a TV show

A case where Google used a verb – “to Google” something was found in an episode of the TV series “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” on October 15, 2002.

10. Several languages ​​but only one search engine

Google speaks several languages. In 2000, Google was publicly available in 10 foreign languages ​​such as French, German, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish.