15 Google Tricks and Facts to Celebrate Its 15th Birthday

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Fifteen years ago today the Internet changed for the better as the budding search engine, Google, debuted on PCs across the globe. Originally named “BackRub,” Google has grown from a project of Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin to a multi-billion dollar company.

Where would we be today without our beloved Google? While there are plenty of other search engines out there, Google has entered the Internet lexicon as more than a proper noun – have you ever asked someone a question and been told, “just Google it”?

To celebrate Google’s 15th birthday, we’ve gathered 15 little tidbits of information about our favorite search engine.

We Do Web Content’s Top 15 Facts, Figures and Features of Google

  1. While Google’s iconic main headquarters (featured in the recent film The Internship) is located in Mountain View, CA, it has over 70 offices in more than 40 countries around the world.
  2. You can track flights directly from Google by simply typing in the airline name and the flight number (i.e. “American Airlines 1234”)
  3. Google on your smartphone can help you identify things around you – just snap a picture of something you want to look up information about and Google will run that image through its extensive image database to look for photos of similar objects.
  4. Visit www.googleloco.com – trust us (it’s not affiliated with Google).
  5. The “I’m Feeling Lucky” button will take you to the first search result for your query. But if you hold your mouse over the button for a moment, it’ll spin and change to a different type of search like “I’m Feeling Trendy,” which shows you what’s trending on search at that moment.
  6. Google Maps has plenty of Easter eggs, like directions from New York to London and how to get to Mordor for you Lord of the Rings fans.
  7. The first official snack ordered into the Google offices was bags of Swedish Fish.
  8. Google’s iconic colors are evident in nearly every part of their empire – right down to the pipes in their data centers.
  9. In 2012 Google reported over 1.8 trillion searches with an average of 5.1 billion per day.
  10. Google has been known to have a rigorous interview and hiring process, and has employed a few tricks in the past to seek out savvy talent, like the www.google.com/humans.txt file and mysterious billboards that popped up in the U.S. in 2004 with a math puzzle leading to a job application.
  11. “Google” became an official verb in the Oxford-English dictionary in 2006.
  12. There are goats on Google’s payroll – sort of. The company rented a team of goats from a local California farm to mow the fields surrounding their main headquarters. It was cost-effective and environmentally friendly compared to hiring a landscaping company with gas-powered equipment.
  13. Google recently teamed up with Starbucks to enhance their free in-store WiFi access after noticing how important these free hotspots were during disasters like Hurricane Sandy.
  14. Search for “Chuck Norris”.
  15. About 15 percent of the searches on any given day are completely new questions for Google’s search engine to find answers for.

That last fact is important – it means there’s still questions out there that Google hasn’t answered, and that means there’s still content out there to be written! By working with us you can help continue to grow the vast world of web content that the Google spiders crawl each day, looking for the best sources of information.

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