10 Things About Google You Did Not Know
1.Focus on the user and the rest comes by itself.
2.It’s best to do one thing, but well, really well.
3.Fast is better than slow.
4.Democracy on the Web works.
5.Not just those who work at an office need answers.
6.You can earn money without committing a crime.
7.There is always more information than you think.
8.The need for information is present everywhere.
9.You can inspire seriousness, even if you’re not dressed up.
10.Extraordinary results are not always sufficient.
These are only ten ideas that are part of the basic Google phylosophy, transmitted further by the Hit website. They were taken from Google’s webpage, which contains information about the company. Starting from these ten mottos, if we may say so, we can only conclude that Google is anything but conventional and the company aims to be no different from this.
After its establishment in 1998, Google has managed without too much trouble to join the online site community at which we all take part right now.
But what actually happens in the head office, called the Googleplex? What information and secrets exist when talking about the relatively short history of this search engine giant? Here are ten facts about Google, more or less known among regular users:
1) The first Google Doodle
By Doodle we mean custom logos on the front page of the search engine, which appear to celebrate various special dates or events. A very common doodle these days is the one that represens the World Cup in South Africa. The first doodle displayed on the search page was launched on August 30, 1998 and was created to inform users that the people behind the search engine “were not at office” (“out of office) and they could not deal with any problems that could occur.
2) Google’s history and market share figures
If Google’s first entry on the capital market was valued at 85 dollars per share, find out that at this time, the amount has raised to about $ 500, and last year a share managed to get up to $ 600.
3) The first Google server was made of Lego pieces
No matter how proud is Google now, we should remember also what was the beginning of this company. And, as always, is known that a great success goes down after a while, Google has done this too. Moreover, the housing of its first server (we refer to the one they had in 1996) was built of LEGO pieces, and the server was only 40 GB of memory, less than a modern iPod. The reason? Google needed then a cheap solution that could be modified and extended at any time, so the LEGO pieces were a perfect match.
4) The first post on Twitter to Google
When Google first posted a message on Twitter, in February 2009, you could say that it stands behind the biggest “nerd” in the world. That’s because their tweet was written in binary code: “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010.” In translation: “I’m Feeling Lucky.” – A familiar feature of the Google search engine.
5) Google rents goats
Although it seems a joke, the company annualy rents f 200 goats. The aim is to “trim” the grass of Google’s complex, economically and environmentally.
6) The impact of Google’s language
Due to its spread, some dictionaries of English have already introduced the term “to google” (which is translated by “searching on Google “) among words commonly accepted by grammar and language. However, the company was not thrilled about it. Company representatives claimed at that time, the term “Google” should be used only when referring to the company itself and the services that it offers.
7) Google loves dogs. Maybe too much.
Google is a company that loves pets, especially dogs. It is a simple conclusion we can draw from the fact that Google allows its employees to come to work with their dogs. Of course, this possibility is immediately withdrawn when one becomes aggressive. This happens with the dogs which are not trained to keep it quiet. However, things are not the same when it comes to cats: “The condition that Google shows his canine friends is an integrated aspect of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we declare we are a dog-loving company. As a general rule, cats are not allowed in Google campus. “
8 ) Google logo was not centered until 2001
The homepage of the famous search engine is considered the online world’s classic, having simple, intuitive and easy to use features. However, the Google logo has not been posted in the center of the page until 31 March 2001. Surely those who used the Internet and thus Google before this time remember the appearance of the first page of search engine. By then, the Google logo was positioned on the left side and included an exclamation point, like Yahoo!.
9) The dinosaur at Googleplex, Google’s campus
The Google Campus could easily become a tourist destination. Among the attractions we can mention a spacecraft, a man made of LEGO pieces, a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur skeleton and others. The latter is nicknamed “Stan” by Google employees and it is actually named after a dinosaur, whose skeleton was found near the company’s campus.
10) Google feeds its employees well. Free!
Google is famous throughout the industry as an employer extremely generous when it comes to food. Free drinks, snacks, consistent lunches and barbeques, which are more common during the summer. Moreover, the company has even a basic rule: no employee should make more than 100 steps to the first location where he can eat, thus all offices of the Google campus are surrounded, literally, by kitchens and restaurants. So we must wonder that the Google employees only in 2007 consumed almost 5500 kg of chocolate bars and that Google is spending 70 million dollars a year only for their meals, which are provided for free.