5 Things You Never Knew About Google

5 Things You Never Knew About Google

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1. Google was originally called BackRub

I know what you are thinking, that we are making it all up. ‘Backrub?! BACKRUB?! Why on earth would a SearchEngine Company be called BackRub?’

But it is the truth, even Google states it on their official ‘Our history in depth‘ page. But why BackRub you ask? Well according to Wikipedia, always a valid source, one half of Google’s founders Larry Page conducted a research project on the importance of backlinks when analysing a web page. That research project was nicknamed ‘BackRub”. They then then created the first version of their soon to be infamous Search Engine under the name BackRub. Why exactly was it called ‘BackRub’ we hear you ask? Well it could be a simple reference to the importance of backlinks or to take that further the idea was that the more links you have the more important your website working on an online version of “you rub my back and I’ll rub yours”.

The answer is, we’re not so sure.

So there you have it Google was close to sounding more like a massage clinic. They preferred an even geekier name – ‘Google’ a play on the word “googol” a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros . . . Or something along those lines.

2. Google Spends $72 million a year on employee meals

Yes you are reading that correctly. When it comes to providing sustenance for their employees Google way ahead of the rest. According to Employee cards Google provides 2 meals a day for their employees but if other sources are to be believed employees are usually getting 3 meals a day provided for them. If accounts are correct Google has at least 9,600 employees based around the US, they are open 251 days a year which would work out at around 600 meals per year. If you then do the math (as Sillicon Alley Insider has) it works out to roughly $72 million being spent every year. Just. On. meals.

Tracking down to see if any employees have piped up and indeed they have (although whether they do work for them we aren’t entirely sure) claims to have their laundry done for them and they make the workplace ‘fun’. Perhaps a more reliable source, another commentator who claims to supply provisions to Google states that Google provide massages for their employees. He even goes as far as to say that Google is “one corporation which takes care of its people and shares its wealth with those who help to make it so.”

Whether the extra commentary is true or not, one fact remains Google does provide free food for their employees quickly making it, bar Nova, the best place to work in our eyes.

3. Google indexes 60 trillion individual webpages

As of 2013 Google indexed 60 Trillion individual webpages. That’s 60 Trillion. Individual. Webpages. Going by American Measurements of 1 Billion = 1,000,000,000 and a Trillion being one 1000 x 1 Billion then:

1 Trillion = 1,000,000,000,000

If that still doesn’t blow your mind there are currently 7 Billion people on this planet. That means there are roughly 8,571 webpages for every single person alive.

And it’s never going to stop growing.

4. Search Actors name then Bacon number and it will tell you how many steps they are

This one was a favourite discovery in the Nova Office. If you’ve seen the Kevin Bacon Ads where he promotes EE’s high rates of connectivity and wondered why on earth he was chosen for the role it’s because Kevin Bacon is connected to every actor by ‘6 degrees’ or less. He has been in such a variety of films with such a wide range of actors that he is loosely connected with every single one.

Amused/impressed Google decided to add an algorithm where if you search any actor’s name and then finish with ‘Bacon Number’ it will tell you how closely connected he is with that actor.

For example:

BP 30.07.14

Will this help you grasp the internet better? Will it encourage intellectual growth? Probably not on both accounts but will it fill some time/help you waste a few hours? Definitely.

5. Google Searches All Of Your E-mails

This one edges into ‘Big Brother’ territory in an uncomfortable way. It would seem that Google searches through your e-mails using a process known as ‘content extraction’. This is where all incoming and outgoing e-mails are scanned for keywords to facilitate target advertisement towards that user. A bit like what Facebook does on a daily basis.

Furthermore Google Earth has been cited for breaching personal privacy for perhaps showing too much detail about those living at the homes shown in the street view.

Google however, remains strong and refuses to backdown to groups who believe it truly is breaching privacy laws.

Would it stop you from using Google?

So there you have it, 5 things you didn’t know about Google. Some of these facts may help you, some are just nice additions to the current ruler of search engines.

As always we would love to know your thoughts! Do you know anything about Google that we haven’t mentioned?

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