- One of the early versions of Google could process 30-50 pages per second.
- Now Google can process millions of pages per second.
- Google was first stored on ten 4 GB hard drives in a Lego casing, now showcased by Stanford University.
- The Lego design would let the founders expand storage capacity easily.
- The index now has over 100 million GB of data.
- Google’s original name was Backrub, based on the system finding and ranking pages based on back links.
- Since the founders weren’t looking to start their own business, they tried to sell their search engine system.
- Yahoo originally said no, but in 2002 offered to buy Google for $3 billion.
- Google said no, and it’s now valued at $400 billion.
- The name Google was a misspelling.
- One story says investors misspelled the mathematical term “googol” as “google” on a check, and the spelling stuck.
- Another story says that a fellow student misspelled “googol” when looking for an available name for the company.
- Stanford still owns the patent to Google’s algorithm, named PageRank.
- The company’s unofficial motto is “Don’t be evil.”