Google has singlehandedly changed the world. It has fast-forwarded the growth and importance of the Internet, and provided us with an easier way to learn, play and navigate the gigantic web.
It has become a key part of our lives, often comes up in normal conversation, and has become the deciding factor of arguments, with people saying ‘let’s Google that to find the answer’.
It was founded by a couple of university students, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin, and they had one goal:
“To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”
And they have definitely succeeded.
So let us take a minute to explore the history of Google. These 30 Google statistics will shock, impress, surprise and entertain you…
…Let’s get started.
- The name Google comes from the misspelling of the word: Googol, which is a mathematical term given to the number 1 with 1 hundred zeros after it. The name represents the massive amount of information that it provides.
- Google was originally nothing but a research project.
- The domain: Google.com first went live in 1997.
- In 2000, Google wasn’t even profitable. In fact, it lost $14 million.
- 9 years later, in 2009, Google’s Gross Revenue was nearly $23 billion, with $6.5 billion as profit.
- Out of their income generating streams, 97% of Google’s revenue comes from advertising. (Google AdWords)
- Google has close to 20,000 employees.
- 37% of their staff focuses on research.
- 37% of their staff focuses on sales.
- Eric Schmidt was named CEO in 2001
- It took over Blogger in 2003.
- Launched Gmail in 2003.
- Launched Adsense in 203.
- Google IPO in 2004.
- Android- 2007.
- Took over Youtube in 2006 for around 1.7 billion.
- In 1998, Google indexed 30 million pages.
- In 2008, Google indexed 1 trillion pages.
- New staff at Google are referred to as ‘Nooglers’
- Employees are allowed to spend 20% of work time working on projects that interest them
- 50% of Google’s products came from that 20% rule.
- Google are building a driverless car, which won $2 million in prize money from the department of defence in US, back in 2005.
- There are around 150 million Gmail users.
- In 1998, there were 9,800 searches a day in Google.
- In 2013, there were 5,922,000,000 searches a day in Google.
- Close to 50% of Google’s products are in beta.
- In 1999, founders Brin and Page tried selling Google for £1 million, but failed.
- Google purchased Motorola liability for around $12.5 billion in 2011.
- Google then went on to sell Motorola liability at a loss for $2.9 billion in 2014.
So, what do you think will happen with Google next? What fantastic statistics will we be uncovering in the next 10 years?
With technology’s growth exploding at an extraordinary rate, we can only wonder…