1) Google’s original name was BackRub with the homepage reading: ‘BackRub is a web crawler which is designed to transverse the web’
2) Google has acquired on average one company per week since 2010.
3) The very first google doodle was a burning man symbol. The reason behind the doodle was to let users know that they were away from the office that weekend visiting the Burning Man Festival in 1998.
4) Google’s first chef was employed in November 1999. Charlie Ayers looked after just 40 employees then; now she is Google’s executive chef, looking after 150 employees across 10 cafes at the headquarters in California.
5) You can use Gmail in 50 languages!
6) Approximately 1,000 employees became millionaires when the company went public in 2004. One of the millionaires was a masseuse, Bonnie Brown, who gave people backrubs at the company from 1999.
7) The ‘I’m feeling lucky button’ has lost Google an estimated $100m in lost ad revenue each year. This is because the button bypasses search results and takes users directly to the first result of their search.
8) Google’s first tweet was ‘I’m feeling lucky’
9) Google reportedly pays Mozilla $300m a year to be the default search engine on the Firefox browser.
10) Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin now own only 16% of the company providing a combined net worth of $46billion!