28 December 2010

10 facts about Google

1. The First Google Doodle

Google’s famous homepage “Doodles” (the changing Google logo graphics) are well known and enjoyed by millions around the world as a way to mark an event or anniversary. But did you know that the very first Google Doodle was designed as a kind of “out of office” message? Althought  in 1997, Google’s prototype was named “BackRub".

2. Larger Index

The index of Google is 3 times larger than Yahoo’s index or MSN’s index.

3. Google’s First Ever Tweet

Google’s first ever Twitter post was as satisfyingly geeky as you could hope for. The message, sent in February 2009, reads “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010.” For anyone not fluent in binary, here’s a hint — it’s a well known phrase from the company’s homepage. Got it? Yep, it reads: “I’m feeling lucky.”

4. The Google Logo Was Not Centered Until 2001

Google’s famously sparse homepage is considered a classic design in the online world. The Google logo, however, wasn’t actually centered on the page until March 31, 2001. As early users will remember, the homepage had a bias to the left-hand side, and even earlier — back in 1998 — Google sported a Yahoo-style exclamation mark.

 5. I'm Feeling Lucky

The infamous “I feel lucky” is nearly never used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. Users wanted it kept. It was a comfort button.But, it takes you straight to the first web page result. Because it bypasses Google's own search result page, where users are shown ads, the button actually costs Google around $110 million a year.

6. The name was wrong!

The name ‘Google’ was an accident. A spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for ‘Googol’. But, there was a first actual living human that named after “Google” is a Lebanese with full name of Oliver Google Kai. He is now three years old and owns a website, which is probably run by his father Walid Elias Kai, a vertical search marketing consultant.

7. Google's first employee.

Google’s first employee is Craig Silverstein. Craig is the man behind “exact search” (where you get pages containing the exact search term within quotes.)

8. When there is Earth, there will be Moon

You have heard of Google Earth , but not many know there is a site called Google Moon, which maps the Lunar surface. Google Moon is an extension of Google Maps and Google Earth that, courtesy of NASA imagery, enables you to surf the Moon’s surface and check out the exact spots that the Apollo astronauts made their landings

9. About GMail!

The Google’s free web mail service Gmail was used internally for nearly two years prior to launch to the public. The researchers found out six types of email users, and Gmail has been designed to accommodate these six.The free e-mail service recently changed its name for new UK users. Following a trademark dispute with a London-based Independent International Investment Research, the mail account has been renamed Google Mail.

10. The data in Google Earth is historic

The satellite data in Google Earth is histories, i.e. its not imagery taken today. Usually its a pretty recent image taken in the last 3 years.

source : mashable, hongkiat,  neatorama, thelstalk, dailybloggr, ruhanirabin, googleearthdesign

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