Thanks to this Quora thread on fun facts about Google, we rounded up the best of the best. See what the tech giant does that you may have never known!
Google hires a flock of 200 goats regularly to chew away the grass in their lawns rather than using land-mowers!
Google includes Cherokee, a language spoken by fewer than 20,000 people in its list of languages in Gmail. Spawned by a random encounter between a Google engineer and a Cherokee member. Google and the language department at Cherokee Nation worked together to figure out words for things like ‘Inbox’ and ‘Spam’.
I’M FEELING LUCKY
The “I’m Feeling Lucky” Button Costs Google $ 110 Million a Year! This button takes users straight to the top search result, bypassing other links, as well as ads. Almost 1% of all Google searches go through the “I’m feeling lucky” button, and that costs the company around $ 110 million in annual revenue. However, even though it’s still on the homepage, it now takes you to Google Instant instead.
Within Google Images, search for “atari breakout” and find yourself playing the classic, retro breakout game right then and there. The image results turn into the bricks too!
You can set a timer within Google, just by searching an amount of time followed by “timer” in the search bar. So, to set a 20 minute timer, just type, “20 minute timer”.
Google owns domain names that are common misspellings of Google.com including gooogle.com, gogle.com, googil.com, googlr.com, gogole.com, goolge.com and more. All of these redirect to the Google homepage too.
In 1999, Google wanted to sell itself to Excite for $ 1 million. Excite CEO George Bell rejected Page and Brin’s $ 1 million price. Vinod Khosla, one of Excite’s venture capitalists tried to negotiate the offer with Brin and Page to $ 750,000, which was unsuccessful and Google became a $ 180 billion company by 2010. Vinod Khosla was thrown out of Bell’s office later.
Back in February, 1999, the chewy candy known as “Swedish Fish” became the first ever company snack (not counting beverages) that was ordered into the Google office.